Jacob's Creek calls the 2015 vintage their best in a decade and after tasting their "Two Lands" Pinot Grigio, we, on the tasting team, understand their need to celebrate.
This South Australian white opens with an aroma of green apples and pears with hints of peaches over soft chalkiness. A few minutes of air allows aromas of high-pitched lemon zest to add dimension to the nose. With 20 minutes of decanting, developing notes of banana pudding with vanilla wafers and the fleeting nuances of fruit stripe gum round out an already complex nose.
With such dimension to the nose of this wine, we had hopes that the "Two Lands" would follow through on the palate. Initially, this Pinot Grigio delivered a burst of energetic, refreshing lemons and peaches with an impressive staying power. Lingering for more than 40 seconds, the finish of this wine has an elegance that far exceeds its $11.98 price point.
A unique feature of this wine is a creaminess on the palate that contrasts and yet perfectly intertwines with its acidic citrus energy. In fact, we would describe the finish of this wine to be refreshing like lemon meringue pie (without meringue).
2015 Jacob's Creek "Two Lands" Pinot Grigio would be ideal for redfish at the Mayflower Cafe or a summer evening on the patio. We find Tastings.com's 90 point review to be entirely fair and validating of this remarkable $11.98 value.