At the start of the 2010 vintage, Michael Twelftree was offered a small plot of 83 year old Grenache vines at the top of the Blewitt Springs range, in the hills above Mclaren Vale. He was excited and up for the challenge, and so Twelftree Wines was born.
Michael's aim with Twelftree Wines is to concentrate on single vineyard Grenache from the best vineyard sites in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley. The portfolio is rounded out with Shiraz from the cooler sub-regions of Eden Valley and Blewitt Springs, a food friendly blend of Grenache and Mataro, with a Grenache Rose and an occasional oddity such as a Roussanne, or a blend of Eden Valley Shiraz Mataro. Twelftree's main aim is to retain the integrity of the site and the purity of the fruit, while maintaining the fruit’s freshness at every stage of each wine’s elevage.
"My winemaking style is very natural, everything is done slowly and by hand, from vine to bottle. With Twelftree Wines, I wanted to try wild fermentation, a percentage of whole berry and whole bunch ferments, draining off a percentage of the juice to concentrate the must, fermenting in smaller lots using foot stomping, punch downs and the occasional pump over, whilst keeping the press juice separate from the finished wine. I also wanted to age our wines in larger formats of oak and to hold a percentage of our Grenache and Mataro wines in a series of larger format stainless steel barrels, which were specifically manufactured. We aim to blend our Grenache and Mataro barrels early on and to bottle our Grenache based wines after 11 months, with the Shiraz based wines being bottled 18 to 24 months after vintage. All these techniques are used to maintain the purity of each vineyard’s fruit and to make each wine as distinctive as possible." -Michael Twelftree Owner and Founder of Two Hands and Twelftree Wines