The Second Wave from Two Oceans Winery

Two Oceans Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Two Oceans Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc 2016

South Africa is a country that has a long history of wine making, yet is not viewed as Old World.  It produces more fruit forward wines than the Old World, but more restrained than the New World, so it is also not viewed as New World either.  It straddles both worlds, and I think that it does have an advantage.  The wines have fruitiness and structure, and are very food-friendly.

The second wave I talk about in the title, represents the second time that I have reviewed Two Oceans wines from South Africa.  The first time was 3 years ago, where I tried Two Ocean’s Pinot Grigio 2012 and Shiraz 2012.  I recently received a bottle of Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Pinot Grigio 2016. (My 2013 review). I think it will be interesting to compare the 2 Pinot Grigio reviews to see if there has been any change in style between these wines.  First find out about these 2 new vintages that are available for you to buy at your local bottle shop.

My 2016 Vintage Reviews

Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – This wine has a medium intensity nose, with aromas of lime and lemon skin, together with gooseberry, and later on stone fruits.  It is dry, with higher acidity, but also a slightly sweet entry.  It is round and medium bodied.  Flavours of lime, bright citrus fruits, and hints of stone fruit and some leafiness.  Medium length with mouth-watering acidity to finish and citrus fruit flavours.  It is an easy sipper; not overly acidic; food friendly.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Two Oceans Pinot Grigio 2016 – Light aromas in the glass of baby powder, and sweet stone fruits, in particular peach.  It’s dry, with medium plus acidity.  Semi-round in the mouth with flavours of lemon, followed by crisp apples and pears, and hints of orange and lime.  Medium length with citrus and grape fruit rind on the finish.  A Pinot Grigio which could almost pass for a Sauvignon Blanc.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Two Oceans Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc 2016 in wine glass

Two Oceans Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc 2016 in wine glass

My Past Two Oceans Pinot Grigio Review

Two Oceans Pinot Grigio 2012 – This wine has no skin contact and only free-run juice was used making a wine with a clear medium lemon colour. There is a youthfulness to this wine, with tropical and honey-dew melon aromas primarily and hints of citrus and blossom.  There was quite a bit of yeast on the nose as well. The wine is between a dry and off-dry in sweetness with medium acidity and light body. The sweetness in the wine comes out a bit more if you aerate the wine in your mouth.  When I first tried this wine there was a slight prickle of acidity on my tongue, but after leaving the wine for 24 hrs, and trying it again, that prickle had gone away.  Fruit flavours were again primarily tropical fruits and honeydew melon, with some citrus in support. The yeastiness was also there, and some leafiness on the mid palate. Again on my first tasting I had a bitter almond finish with the acidic prickle, but after the tasting on the next day, both had disappeared and I went left with a fruity finish.  This is an OK everyday drinking wine, to enjoy with a salad for dinner.  I would recommend opening the wine in the morning and maybe drinking it later that day to tone down the prickle and the bitter almond finish.

 

What has changed with the 2 Pinot Grigio wines?  The first thing I note is that the yeastiness from lees is not evident in the newer Pinot Grigio.  As well the flavours are more citrus and crisp apple, while the 2012 was more warmer climate, tropical fruits.  Both carry acidity to keep the wines fresh.  When I check the crop report, I find out that 2016 was very hot, so the winery probably harvested early so that the grapes do not get over-ripe and lose their acidity.
With that being said, I think both 2016 Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc would work well with the seafood here on the West Coast.  Maybe also try a salad with goat cheese and walnuts.
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