Terra Andina Sauvignon Blanc 2009

SAUVIGNON BLANC CHILE ODDBINS 13.5% Screw Cap £5.99 Buy 6 for only £4.47 each – Save 20% Mixable Drink
Posted 07th April 2011        

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  • 13.5%
  • Screw Cap
  • £5.99
  • Buy 6 for only £4.47 each – Save 20% Mixable
  • Drink within 2 years

This bottle has a lovely eye catching label depicting the mountainous Andes mountain range that would certainly draw your eyes to the shelf. The name Terra Andina means ‘Land of the Andes’ which invokes ideas of mystery and the ancient past.

This though is an affordable, good quality, modern and friendly ‘New World’ wine.

Learning about wine tasting, my latest quest is to know all about the meniscus. I turned my glass on its side to see if I could see the meniscus in this wine and although it is harder to see in white wine I managed it. Meniscus is the rim of the wine in the glass and shows how concentrated the wine is and also the age, this showed a young wine but with high alcohol content.

I have a soft spot for Chilean wines and this did not disappoint me, I chilled it well and although the main suggestion is to drink with seafood and poultry we went for the hint of spice suggestion by paring it with a Chinese take away. This pale straw coloured wine went extremely well with all the dishes we chose including spicy duck!

Slightly dry with flavours of mainly tangerine and peach with a tinge of honey make this a beautifully structured white wine and pleasant to drink. Our friends said it has a sunshine aftertaste! (Meaning what I take to remind them of drinking wine on a hot sunny day).

The wine maker keeps this wine in contact with the lees (A heavy sediment consisting of dead yeast cells and other solid matter such as grape pulp ) for one to three months, this is said to be beneficial to the wine by getting more flavour especially if they are stirred from time to time. The stirring is called Battonage – just a little wine making information for you!

I enjoyed this wine with a distinctive green grape flavour! So I give it 8.5/10.


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Meet the Author:
Julie & Neil Swift
We are both 51 years of age and have just had our first grandchild Zak. We live in the beautiful Peak District. Julie is the main wine taster as she was the daughter of a publican, learning to appreciate good wines from an early age. Neil has worked in the same place as a Lab Technician for the past 35 years, he was a football referee but now spends his Saturdays assessing referees. We are a very sociable couple who enjoy hosting and going to parties (most weekends!). My how time and taste buds have moved on from the Liebfraumilch days, although we believe it is making a comeback. Julie has collected menus and recipes from the 1970’s to the present day, the price of a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio was £3.40 in 1978 in Topo Gigios restaurant in London.