EP 859 Tasting with Michael Twelftree of Two Hands Wines – Part 2

Concluding the tasting with Gary Vaynerchuk and Michael Twelftree, the co-owner of Two Hands Wines.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2008 Two Hands Bella’s Garden Barossa Valley Shiraz
2007 Ares Barossa Valley Shiraz

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The guest’s wine knowledge is pretty catholic, and he’s a good guy but, as if the first part he’s boring as hell. And what’s with his ‘Vander nation’ quip. It’s Vayner Nation bro

Tags: Australian, Barossa, red, review, shiraz, Video, wine, wines

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  • Anonymous

    Good point. Think about what you could get for 150 from CA, WA, or the Northern Rhone.

  • Anonymous

    Is that like a game boy thing?

  • Anonymous

    chick ur edit butons

  • keswick

    Very passionate person, which is what the industry needs. I think he hit it on the head, stay true to what Australia is all about and get out there and educate the public. Style and fads will come and go but the truly good wines that represent a sense of style and place will always have a place in the market and the home cellar.

  • Craig Hamlet

    Hey Gary, yes I've gone back to my lurking ways although I always watch. The two parter was so good though it brought me out of my shell. I have to admit that I've grown tired of Aussie wines the last year or so. They are just too over the top. But I'm glad to hear that upcoming vintages should be more balanced and lower alcohol.

  • theDude

    Ok. You asked for it. I've got some Nebraska “dessert” wine that smells like worchestershire sauce and taste like fermented dung!

    By the way Allan is looking for you Waynooo…….watch out 🙂

  • theDude

    You're up to late for me castello……I need my sleepy sleep!!

  • PurpleGrillz

    WOOOHOOOO! Great show. I have never stopped loving the Aussie wines. As far as the QOTD.. don't know what to say. Everybody I know who I introduce to premium Aussie shiraz (especially Two Hands) loves them. I know at least 5 or 6 friends who claimed that they didn't like red wine change their minds after drinking good Aussie shiraz. The problem is that under $20 all the qualities of Aussie Shiraz become faults. Most people take their first dip at under $20 and they are disappointed. Over $30 and under $50, Australia cannot be beat for value and truly delicious, hedonistic wine experiences.

  • waynoooo daaaaa winoooo

    Nebraska Cow-Dung Vino????? YUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMM !!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Advice to live by!!!

  • Richie

    That is one great dude!
    QOTD: More of your wines here in the old world.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I might have gotten a little over zealous. Reading the comments has opened my eyes a bit, people like Oz wines, they just don?t like the commercialized hyped wines that most wine consumers buy from down under. We Vayniacs are NOT your average consumers!!

  • Anonymous


  • was toast last night…having this one for coffee break.

  • scottEJ

    Agree about the vintages. BUT, Aussie wines seem to have dug themselves a hole and with other major regions coming out with big vintages, it's gonna be tough for our friends down under. 09 is gonna be another big year for Bordeaux which will probably trump everybody else. Plus, I think the Aussies really need to focus on more than just Shiraz. Sorry to say but, as far a wine-brand…that's kinda all they got going.

  • Anonymous

    I’m w/ you, Jeff. I’ll def. take the Chappelett Mountain Cuvee ANY DAY!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Brah!
    Didn’t you catch the tongue lashing I gave to that Courtney woman who ignorantly came on to slam GV. (Oregon Smoke/ Pinot ep.) Whatta douchebag. I hate to be so mean, but her site sucks, and she’s got another thing comin’, so to speak. Sexy wine women, my ass.

  • mattgmann



  • I enjoyed the show. I always love hearing the origin stories and the passion behind the effort!

    QOTD: My first reaction is more of this. Educating the public about premium Australian wine through venues like WLTV is a good start. You have definitely persuaded me to investigate beyond the Dead Arm in my cellar. Another venue is something like my “local” store, K&L, that has a decent following and a monthly newsletter and at the moment only has one of your wines. Find ways to get maximum eyeballs for each effort. Get other quality producers to do the same.

  • CharlieTN

    Honestly, I haven't been a wine consumer long enough to have good advice for Australia. I think educating the consumer about the different regions in Australia, establishing different regional identities is very important though.

    I want Gary's scores!

    Good show and good guest. I'd like to try his wines!

  • Really good show with a really great guest. Been able to try a few of his wines, but they get a bit pricey…

    QOTD: Keep doing what you're doing. If the wine is good, people will learn.

  • waynoooo daaaaa winoooo

    Michael was a FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN Guest, really enjoyed the 2 Episodes !!!!!!

    qotd: Loooooooove Aussie Vino in me Drinking Rotation, no “reconnection” required
    for me.

  • Allan

    YEAH! let's have a beer or two on the couch. Come on GV!

  • Allan

    Well put. I agree 100%, people should drink less, and spend a little more when they buy wine…..

  • Allan

    waynoooo daaaaa winoooooo in da house!

  • Great guest. I like how he was completely open about his wines, vinification techniques and unafraid of critiquing certain Australian wines. Seems really genuine.

    QOTD: I think a campaign to highlight the climatic and varietal differences between different regions in Australia could help. Get way from the single idea that Australia means shiraz, only shiraz and only a certain kind of Shiraz. What about Rhone varietals: GSM they're producing, Cabernets?

    Will definitely explore Two Hands stuff.

  • waynoooo daaaaa winoooo


  • winorob

    Great guest. I have to admit I have fallen off the ban wagon of Aussie Shiraz. QOTD: I would like producers to get out more balanced wines with regards to shiraz, and hype the other varietals that do well in the different regions.

  • Rob B.

    Another great guest.
    QOTD: I really think educating people on the differences in the growing regions, would help people learn and decide on what Australian wines they would want.

  • cellarrat5


  • cellarrat5

    Very well said Cool Dave if there was a double like icon I would have clicked it.

  • cellarrat5

    Nice! Which style and what year?

  • mattgmann

    just the regular 10 year. the budweiser of scotch.

  • MikePos

    The guests and wineries have been awesome lately. Would love to the see the crew from Sojourn Cellars.

  • waynoooo daaaaa winoooo

    I Second da Motion for the Sojourn Cellars Crew !!

  • cellarrat5

    hey man, dont sell yourself short. That is one of the better ten years I have had!

  • cellarrat5

    where is 860 GV!??

  • waynoooo daaaaa winoooo

    WE WANT 860 !! WE WANT 860 !! WE WANT 860 !! WE WANT 860 !!

  • or is it a blind chard tasting?

  • What a novel idea…listening to the end user!

  • GV, I think you have replaced the frequency of “quite” with “take-away”.

  • DCaragher

    GV – Doing the knowledge! I love it!

    QOTD: One of the best guest questions to date! I think Australia should let the past be the past, don't bring it up anymore and embrace the moment in which the wine industry is currently in. Focus on educating and spreading the word of what Australia is going to do tomorrow and today! There is potenial everywhere and I don't think one wine region should be shunned because of its past! GO DOWN UNDER!

    READ CORK'D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!READ CORK'D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!READ CORK'D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OUT!

  • Fun pair of episodes and it is clear that Mr. Twelftree is very serious, excited, and passionate about what he is doing…and is happy to be neck deep in great wine no less.
    Have only had entry level Two Hands and have certainly enjoyed them.

    QOTD: Did the local wine producers organization put you up to this one? GV is definitely going to have to invoice you for the data on this one.
    The only thing you can do…concentrate on making the best possible wine that you can, and keep the pricing reasonable so that better wine reaches a wider audience. There is a lot of wine out there, but I've got a row of the cellar rack that is held open for the Ozzs and Kiwis. I guess you could try going with a “greening” program, and reduce your carbon footprint by shipping all of that wine, all of that way,via sail boats…I hear that's coming back.

  • John_Kenneth_J

    Qotd: I don't no about reconnecting so much, but what I'd like to see from Australian producer's is more diversity in wine styles from some of them, and it would be real nice to see more of the small boutique producer's exporting to the U.S. I know there's a ton of them out there, and even though most make small lots, it would be great to have at least a chance to try them.

    Michael was a really fun guest, a pleasure to watch

  • Anonymous

    I think Cubatobaco has some good pairings. I do not have any one favorite anything, I appreciate the quality when it’s there. The Real Cohiba Esplendidos, Padron 1926 or 1940, Gurkha Platinum or His Majesty’s Reserve. They are great with good cognac and late harvest zinn ports.

  • Mike in C-town

    LOVED this two parter. MT drops all these techie tidbits and observations but you never gloss over. He's an e-n-g-a-g-i-n-g guest.
    I have to say, I was among thiose off Aussie wines, but have slowly gotten back into them through Two Hands, D'Arenberg and The Colonial Estates.

    His QOTD: Really speak to the regional diffrences within Australia to consumers. We need more identification of the quality producers who make balanced efforts. We would all rather support 'em.

    MY QOTD: Gary, how do we get ahold of the D'Arenberg 2008 The Noble Mud Pie Adelaide? It sounds awesome.

  • Randall

    HA!! Thanks, bruh!!

  • tmann2556

    Mike – you send me an email! requests [at] winelibrary [dot] com

  • Kolya

    Two Hands is revealed to the US audience!! Finally, a terrific Australian wine is recognized for its craftsmanship. The great Oz wines are out there, and for my palate, being delicious is is not a crime in zero time; it is what wine is all about.

    What I would like to see from Australia is more American access to the the smaller handcrafted boutique wineries. The cost of importing and getting distributed here is such a high barrier that the big names are over represented with sloppy bulk wines, and OZ wines then get a bad rap.

  • Capt_M

    Pretty neat that you tasted the Ares. That is one awesome wine. One of this days I'm going bring it home. QOTD. Would love to see more Pinot Noir grow, maybe on the southern most parts of Australia. Australia has so much to look forward to. You are on your way to the top.


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