Graham Norton's Own Sauvignon Blanc by Invivo 2015
Graham gets hands on with his latest 2015 vintage. Talk show king Graham Norton has been moonlighting as a winemaker, and his 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is anything but your standard celebrity tipple.
Last year Graham Norton rolled his trouser legs up and personally stomped a barrel of our New Zealand grapes to help create his own limited edition Sauvignon Blanc with us. The wine was a sell-out success in New Zealand and achieved rave reviews from leading wine critics. This year he’s gone hands-on, and added his “Norton Hemisphere” magic to our Southern Hemisphere Sauvignon Blanc grapes – by personally blending his 2015 vintage!
Invivo Chief Winemaker Rob “Crusher” Cameron picks up the story. “Graham is a huge Invivo fan and a shareholder, our dealings with him showed us he really knows wine. So this year we thought we’d put him in the driver’s seat.” That involved flying the entire Invivo wine blending setup all the way from Marlborough, New Zealand, to London, so Graham could blend his own wine from scratch (with Rob’s expert guidance). “We’d never tried anything like this before,” says Rob. “As well as all the blending and tasting glassware we had to transport 6 distinctive samples of Sauvignon Blanc from our 6 different Marlborough growers and get them there in perfect condition for the blending… what a mission!”
The winemaking session itself took place over several hours. You can see all the blending action with new Chief Winemaker Graham “The Nose” Norton in the film the Invivo boys have released on YouTube (go to www.invivowines.com/GN15 to watch!). The final blend features Sauvignon Blanc from 3 of Invivo’s Marlborough growers.
For Invivo cofounder Tim “Twinkletoes” Lightbourne, the process has been a great fit with the Invivo brand. “We’re not a big corporate that tries to hide behind advertising or endorsements… we’re all about authenticity and we didn’t want the bottle to just have his name on the label, so we love that Graham wanted to get personally involved to this degree. And he’s come up with a bloody good drop!”
And how does it taste? Well, in the words of our new Chief Winemaker Graham Norton, “It’s lovely! Tropical fruit… a bit of zing… cheers to that!” All of Graham’s proceeds will be donated to Dogs Trust charity.