Two Hands Brave Faces 2005

$29.95

SKU 111

750ml

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Buoyant raspberry, red cherry characters with a restrained savoury palate, grainy tannins backed by integrated oak. A serious food wine that shows what a wonderful marriage these three varietals make if blended with balance in mind. Appearance: Medium crimson red with a bight red core. Aroma: Notes of smoked tea, bright dark cherry, mulberry, juniper, with hints of anise, cassia bark, black pepper and fresh hung meat. Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with lovely pert acidity giving the palate a lovely buoyant quality. Bright fruit notes lead the entry, layered with notes of spice and smoked tea that provide depth and complexity. Black pepper, fresh meat and oolong tea dominate where hints of cassia bark and star anise provide background notes. A lovely long length through the palate is aided along with creamy lees notes. Whole bunch, chalky tannins provide a savoury note through the late palate.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Appellation Barossa Valley
Brand Two Hands
Alcohol/vol 15%
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateA brilliant effort is the 2005 Brave Faces, a small barrel-aged (20% new) blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Grenache. Flamboyant aromas of black and red fruits, spice box, flowers, and toast are followed by a rich wine with loads of texture and glycerin as well as a heady, full-throttle yet velvety finish. It should drink well for a decade.

Robert Parker, October 30, 2006
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorLithe, polished and juicy, with cherry, dried blueberry and licorice flavors. The fruit persists impressively on the toasty finish. Appealing for its open texture and its length. Drink now through 2011. 1,029 cases imported.

Harvey Steiman, October 15, 2006
  • we89

Wine EnthusiastA burly blend of 65% Shiraz and 35% Grenache, the 2005 Brave Faces is a big, chunky monster that's difficult to judge at this stage. It's closed and inexpressive on the nose, but it has enough body and black cherry fruit to warrant confidence, supported by the long, spice-tinged finish.

Joe Czerwinski, December 31, 2006