Two Hands `Brave Faces` Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2012 (12 x 750mL), Barossa.

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RRP $27

$23.90 per Bottle
$286.80 per case
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The majority of the batches were de-stemmed and crushed to open top fermenters. The Shiraz was pumped over three times daily through the peak of fermentation, whereas the Grenache and Mataro, after a few days cold soak, were pumped over and plunged rigorously through the peak of fermentation. Average time ‘on-skins’ was 15 days. Grenache parcels were fermented with 20% whole bunches. All pressings were added back to the free run.

SA - Barossa
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Typical light colour, but the blend has more depth and structure than many of its peers, plum and black cherry joining the red cherry/raspberry components; it is a fruit-driven style from start to finish, and will be best enjoyed in the full flush of its youth. Rating 92 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (SEP/2013)

Fairly deep red colour, slight purple. The bouquet is richly fruited, and subtly vanillan oak-tinged. In the mouth it's soft and fruit sweet, with good texture and roundness. There's abundant cherry liqueur flavour. It's soft, round and succulent. A quite delicious wine. Rating 92 - Huon Hooke, (OCT/2013)

Crisp, vibrant and impressive, offering focused blackberry and black cherry fruit, wrapped in fine tannins and finishing with floral and white pepper notes. The finish persists. Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. Drink now through 2019. Rating 92 - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator (NOV/2013)

Deep ruby. Fragrant aromas of black raspberry, lavender, mocha and anise, with slow-building peppery notes. Red and dark berry preserve flavors are sweet and supple on entry, then gain energy and piquancy with air. Cool and sharply focused, with good depth and finishing lift. In a fairly elegant style and very approachable now.Rating 91 - Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar (JUL/2013)

Two Hands 2012 Brave Faces Grenache Mataro Shiraz blend ($27), which is heavily grenache dominant at more than 80 per cent and shots it with its kitchen herb and spice fragrance and intense yet delightfully juicy red to crimson fruits. It will arrive in retail stores later this month.Tony Love, The Advertiser (14/SEP/2013)

Winery Tasting Notes


Medium red with bright core hue


Lifted red fruit notes of spice, potpourri and fresh herbs.


Concentrated and intense yet built in an elegant framework. Grenache provides beautiful lifted sappy red fruits with floral accents, Shiraz provides mid-palate richness with some spicy overtones and Mataro rounds out the blend providing structure and savoury meatiness.


Drink now, up to ten years.

SA - Barossa
Grape Style
Grenache Blends
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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The 'two hands' are Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz who formed the company in 1999 with the clear objective of making the best possible shiraz based wines from prized shiraz producing regions within Australia.

Michael Twelftree, initially from a construction background, spent a number of years exporting Australian wine to USA and Asia. Richard Mintz, a chartered accountant, was formerly CEO of one of Australia's leading cooperages in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. With Twelftree’s contacts and wine savvy approach and Mintz’s management skills and business acumen, the two old friends decided to make some wine together.

In 2000 they started with just 17 tonnes of fruit from the McLaren Vale and Padthaway wine regions. From the beginning the wines were very well received at home and abroad with a healthy stream of reviews, culminating in 2004 with Robert M. Parker pronouncing Two Hands as "the finest negociant operation south of the equator".

The heart of the operation is based in the Barossa Valley; the cellar door and winery are located in the sub district of Marananga. Opened in December 2003, the cellar door is already regarded as one of the highlights of the region with its contemporary interior design and commitment to providing guests with an educational and personal wine experience. The Marananga winery was officially opened in November 2004, designed specifically for small batch production of the very best parcels of fruit.

Since the winery opened, Two Hands sucess has gone from strength to strength with numerous accolades defining the culture of the organisation. Two Hands Wines were listed in the Wine Spectator Top 100 for the last five years with two listings in the top 10, most recently the 2005 Bella's Garden Barossa Valley Shiraz at #5 and The Ares voted one of the 25 Benchmark Wines of Australia. Consistent 90+ reviews from Robert Parker Jnr's Wine Advocate, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, James Halliday's Wine Companion, Wine Spectator and the UK Decanter magazine is further testament to the company's ability to capture the terroir of each vineyard and carefully nurture the characteristics of each parcel.

Two Hands continues to extend its distribution around the world, branching out from the Australian domestic and United States of America markets to now include the export markets of the United Kingdom, Asia, Canada, New Zealand and the European Union. Two Hands Wines are eagerly awaited, the markets and consumers demonstrating a thirst for top end Australian wine, in particular shiraz from South Australian wine regions.

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