2010 Twelftree Grenache Greenock Barossa Valley (Elsewhere $60)
Good colour; by coincidence, also comes from 57-year-old vines; one-third matured in a stainless steel barrel, and two-thirds in five-year-old French oak; 107 dozen made. I am a simple chap, and read in wonderment in Michael Twelftree's description of the bouquet, thus I see plums, spiced if you prefer, and a palate that is, as suggested, full and even, with a long finish. Most of all, it doesn't have the confection character of many Barossa Valley grenaches.
Vivid ruby. The powerful bouquet offers red and dark berry liqueur, potpourri and peppery spices. Deeply concentrated but lively, displaying vibrant blackberry and mulberry flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Closes with impressive thrust and energy, leaving dark berry and allspice notes behind. (JR)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Twelftree Greenock Grenache has an intense blueberries and blackberries notes with an underlying dark chocolate and mint character. Full bodied and concentrated with a good backbone of acidity to lift the fruit, it has a medium level of velvety tannins and a slight dried fruit character in the long finish. Drink it now to 2018+. Only 100 cases were produced. (LPB)
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)