Note: I know Kenny said we’re not actively posting here any more, but, hey, I had a post. I crossposted it to my personal blog paulstagg.com. I’d welcome you there.
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to participate in an online tasting of Austrailia’s Jacob’s Creek Two Lands wines. I happened to be having a small party that evening with some colleagues, so a few of us got to taste and talk about the wines. (I’ve been so busy lately I am just now getting an opportunity to do some blogging – it feels like I haven’t had a day off from my business to do any wine writing. Clearly we haven’t been updating our blog much, but I’d like to change that.)
Online tastings are always a fun experience, and not only because, as a wine blogger, they send me the wines (thanks to The Thomas Collective!), but it gives me an opportunity to get and share education about wine in general. Certainly this is a marketing event, but every wine tasting includes not just information about the wine/winery, but about the winemaking process, different varietals, climate, and all sorts of other things that make wine interesting.
Here are my notes on the four wines we tasted.
Two Lands Pinot Grigio 2014
There’s a lot going on with the nose, and it’s a little tough to narrow down everything (which is a good thing!) There’s some apple coming through. This is not my favorite style of wine. It’s got a big mouthfeel, almost oily, but lacks acidity and has a bit of sweetness. It’s good wine, but not my cup of tea. Would pair well with richer seafood, and maybe Asian flavors. At $14, it is well priced for the quality. Good.
Two Lands Chardonnay 2014
To me, this smells like California Chardonnay that you’ll find with an animal on the label. Melon, tropical fruit, and vanilla come through. Another wine with lower acid and higher sweetness, there’s peach and some citrus. Soft, a bit of texture, but to my palate, a little off balance. I find myself enjoying drinking it, though. I would pair with stinky cheese, or just drink it on it’s own while grilling something for dinner. Another $14 bottle of wine that’s well priced. Good.
Two Lands Shiraz 2013
I need to tell you right now, I’m not typically a fan of Australian Shiraz. Unless it is very high end, I’ve found most of it is far too much fruit bomb and cloying, and not enough complexity or finesse. I understand that’s the style, it’s just not my thing. What I do like? Northern Rhone. Well, this leans toward the latter while still having that Aussie rebellious streak, which makes for a fun wine. I get some darker fruit on the nose, but taste more red. Well balanced, full, rich. It still has some of the ‘hit you over the head’ Shiraz, but the balance and complexity are there as well. $14, a value at that price. Very Good.
Two Lands Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Cassis and dark fruit on the nose. Big nose. It has nice fruit, but it’s unbalanced. I think it might be too young, but I don’t pick up the tannin structure that would tell me waiting a couple of years would make it much better. $14, I think it’s not bad for the price point, because there isn’t much good Cab available under $30. OK.