Invivo Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Tropical aromas, fresh sliced bell peppers and floral lime zest rise from the glass initially. This is well backed up by a vibrant, cutting fresh palate with deceptive power and concentration. Evidence of the lees contact adds a textural dimension to the focused palate and bouncing tropical fruit. This wine will develop in bottle over time and its complexity will become more marked between sweet fruit spectrum and almost savoury herbal notes.


Country New Zealand
Region Awatere Valley, Marlborough
Vineyards Awatere Valley
Variety Sauvignon Blanc
Brix at Harvest 20.8-22.3
Cellaring 1- 3 years
Bottle Size 750ml
Winemaker Rob Cameron


Residual Sugar 3.9g/L
pH 3.31
TA 7.6
Alcohol 12.5%
S02 at Bottling 30/115


“The Invivo Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012 has good body and a full, rounded mouthfeel, with soft textures, but the acidity prevails, driving the flavours to a crisp, dry and sustained finish”
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 2012

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The fruit was harvested at night, de-stemmed and crushed then cold settled for 48 hours. Clear juice was racked and solids vacuum filtered back to the free run. A number of yeasts were used to help create a spectrum of aroma’s and texture with average fermentation lasting around 3 weeks. The tanks were then topped up and stirred (battonage) without sulphur for 10-12 weeks.

This single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc underwent extensive fruit thinning at veraison to give the vines balance and ensure fruit was able to deliver intensity and weight. The Awatere Valley microclimate is unique in that it rarely receives frosts but gets very cool nights, hence harvesting is comparatively late when compared to the Wairau. However, this extra length in the season locks in fruit and pungent flavours.

Harvest date: 11-22nd April 2012


  • 4.5 stars

    Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

  • Silver Medal

    International Wine Challenge 2013

  • Silver Medal

    2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition