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November 11, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Friday, 11 November 2016 13:19

Jacobs Creek Two Lands Cab S

2013 Two Lands Cabernet Sauvignon


Jacob’s Creek


Alcohol: 13.9%

Suggested Retail: $10-11

“Your reviewer noticed this wine at a grocery store end cap. He recognized the Jacob’s Creek as an Australian brand and was intrigued by the ‘Two Lands’ concept. Oh, and the price was great, too—a substantial discount from the ten to eleven dollars that apparently would be normal retail.

“The Two Lands identity has to do with a collaboration of Bernard Hickin, Jacob’s Creek’s Australian winemaker and Ehren Jordan, the American winemaker of Failla Wines. The wine is made in Australia from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in that country, but with stylistic input from California says the Jacob’s Creek website. Collaborations like this are not unprecedented and Opus One comes to mind.  The late Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton in France created a wine made in California from Napa Valley grapes (mostly Cabernet Sauvignon), but with input from French winemakers.  Napa and Bordeaux both grow the same Cabernet Sauvignon and complementary grapes, but to grossly over-simplify, the Baron’s contribution was historical precedent, sophistication and elegance. Mondavi brought California power and gobs of fruit to the project. The resultant Opus One wines are expensive and have been well received. A project in the state of Washington brings several noted winemakers from around to world to make wines only from Washington-grown grapes. The resulting wines are marketed as separate bands under the Long Shadows umbrella. Both Opus and Long Shadows wines are high-end wines, however—vastly more expensive than the wine we’re talking about this week.  Australia and California are considered ‘New World’ wine regions and both tend to make their vinous reputations on ripe fruit and exuberant personality. No doubt there are some differences in Australian and Californian wines, but those differences may be less obvious than variances of the same variety of wine made in France compared to when made in these two New World countries.  The objectives of this Two Lands Cabernet Sauvignon are intriguing. Is it a marketing gimmick or are the winemakers on the verge of developing a great new hybrid style with this grape variety? Who knows, but the fact remains that this Jacob’s Creek wine tasted good to us and merits being anointed our Wine Pick of the Week for November 11.

“The Two Lands Cabernet is deep, rich and shows lots of berry-like aroma. The berry personality is particularly pronounced in the taste where blackberries and black plums are evoked. Midway through the taste and on toward the finish is a hint of cocoa, an attractive nuance we hadn’t necessarily expected in a wine at this price. This may not be the most sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon, but at the price it’s a solid effort and we found it quite attractive.”

Food Affinity:  “After tasting in analytical circumstances, we tasted this wine with several different foods over three days—a thick hamburger made of top-quality beef, a mélange of fall vegetables and some wonderful dark chocolate. It worked with all these tastes. Whatever foods you’d normally pour red wine with would likely work just fine.”


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