TerraVin: New Fine Wines in the UK

TerraVin Wines

Coincidence, according to one online scribe, is 'a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance.'

Now, I’m not sure if this is in the same category, but recently I was taking in the sunshine on the Tate Modern’s roof terrace for private members (as you do), when I noticed the people at the table next to us were drinking a bottle of TerraVin Sauvignon Blanc. This was a brand I had neither heard of nor noticed prior to seven days ago, when I was a guest at TerraVin’s UK launch. Coincidental, huh.

So, what's it like? As someone who is both from New Zealand and has spends a high percentage of his time sampling the grape, I was a little bit skeptical. Why? Well, I live on the assumption that given the relatively small volume NZ produces and its high quality, most of the good stuff doesn’t leave the shores. Of course, that’s both naïve and incorrect. For the record, Terravin’s Sauvignon Blanc 2011, ‘Te Ahu’ (Sauvignon Blanc) hit the respectively right balances of clean citrus flavours with a crispy finish. The 2011 Chardonnay was my personal favourite – dry, full-bodied and buttery, without too much of the oakiness that has ruined the reputation of this great grape. The Pinot Noirs were again strong, with the 2010 (as opposed to 2011) being my pick with its mix of cherry and spicy notes.

And how do you get hold of a bottle? In addition to dining at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, or The Connaught, Terravin is now available locally at uk@terravin.co.nz or sales@cfwines.co.uk. Or who knows, you could pop up to the Tate Modern’s members' bar and try a bottle up there. We might even bump into each other. Now wouldn’t that be a coincidence.