93 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
(bottled two days before my visit): Aromas of blueberry, licorice and bitter chocolate are a bit stunted by the bottling. Juicy, primary and tight, offering black fruit, bitter chocolate and espresso flavors framed by firm minerality. There’s a creaminess lurking today but currently this wine is dominated by its sappy lift. Finishes very long and sweet, with noble tannins. This is carrying a relatively low 3.5 pH and appears to be built for a slow evolution in bottle. (6/ 2013)
Two Hands have established themselves as Shiraz specialists, taking plots of fruits from various South Australian regions and there putting their own unique spin on them in the winery. This wine is made up of Shiraz fruit from Padthaway and illustrates the cooler climate complexities like pepper and mint. Lots of red fruit on the nose, with a seductive, spicy edge that is reflected on the layered palate, with smooth tannins and an undercurrent of mint.
Product of Australia
Family Vuina comes from Kaštela near Split, surely not one of the most famous winemaking locations in Croatia, but Neven Vuina will prove you wrong. Variety Babica (related to the more famous Plavac mali) is a rare and indigenous grape and Vuina is the only producer to bottle it and put it on the market.
Plavac Mali: A native grape to Croatia that is grown almost exclusively in the region of Dalmatia. The name literally means, “little blue” in Croatian, which refers to the small, bluish grapes that the vines grow. The wine is actually a hybrid that descends from Crljenak Kaštelanski and Dobričić. The former wine is the Croatian version of what is known as Primitivo in Italy and Zinfandel in California.
Deep flavors of blackberries, pepper, and other spices. Plavac Mali pairs very well with foods and takes very well to aging. It is also one of the few wines that is rarely blended due to its great all-around strengths.