2010 Twelftree Shiraz Blewitt Springs McLaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $60)

SKU #1276566 93 points Vinous

 Opaque purple. A wild bouquet of candied black and blue fruits, violet and incense. Heady and alluringly sweet, offering intense boysenberry and cherry flavors that show a velvety texture and stain the palate. Floral and spicecake notes linger on an impressively long and seamless finish. (JR)  (7/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Very deep purple-black in color, the 2010 Twelftree Blewitt Springs Shiraz is intensely scented of black plums and red plum compote with nuances of crushed blueberries, menthol and chargrilled meat. Very big, bold and weighty in the mouth, the voluptuous flesh is structured with medium to firm grainy tannins and balanced acid, finishing long with some spiciness coming through. Drink this one now to 2019+. 92+ (LPB)  (2/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Firm, focused and deft in balance, letting its tarry blackberry and dried cherry flavors ride on refined tannins, with a welcome lift of acidity on the finish, which persists impressively. Best from 2013 through 2020. (HS)  (7/2012)

K&L Notes

Twelftree are tiny production, single vineyard wines from Two Hands winemaking legend Michael Twelftree. With decades of experience crafting some of South Australia's most revered wines with Two Hands Michael has carefully selected these single vineyard parcels for their exceptional quality and released limited quantities under his own namesake label. By taking a strong position on these wines we were able to secure some of these bottlings at ludicrously low prices. These will be gone in a flash; if you like big, bold, powerful reds with great purity and rich texture act fast. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L Aussie Wine Buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2016 | Send Email
Could this potentially be the most ludicrous deal I've ever landed in my 4 years of buying the Aussie wines for K&L? This wine has an SRP for $90 and yet here we are able to offer it at sub-$25! Is there something wrong with the wine you ask? Absolutely not! The only issue is that buyers just didn't realize what this new label represented. "Twelftree" is a tiny, boutique, namesake project from legendary Two Hands Winery winemaker Michael Twelftree. He selects specific single vineyards from across South Australia and makes miniscule lots of high end wines to reflect the special character of these sites. Here we have a vineyard in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale that produces fruit of great depth and intensity. The wine expresses very saturated, ripe, black and blue fruit, exotic spice, scorched earth and violets. The wine is matured in new French oak puncheons so this surge of fruit is beautifully wrapped in perfumed and spiced oak tones . The texture is broad and rich but doesn't feel over extracted or excessively heavy; the wine is actually quite refined given its immense stature and power. This is a screaming deal for anyone that enjoys these types of full throttle, powerful wines. This quality, concentration and pedigree typically comes at a much higher price point - this is a one time deal.
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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

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McLaren Vale

Alcohol Content (%): 15