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.

Specifications

Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Bottle Size 750ml
Winemaker Graham Norton (with Rob Cameron looking on nervously!)

Analysis

Alcohol 12.5%

Reviews

"This is fresh and lively on the nose displaying perfumed aromas of feijoa, passionfruit, peach and dill, which lead to a succulent palate that is flavoursome and shows excellent fruit purity. It is lingering to a fabulous juicy finish."
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Magazine
"Viewers of the Graham Norton show will know that he is always within grasping distance of a large goblet of wine. But you may not know that his tipple of choice is always an Invivo Marlborough sauvignon blanc. He became such a fan of the wine he took a stake in the company and, even blended his own version from samples flown to London. Tongue-tingling tropical fruit, lemon and lime and lawn clippings, it's full of punch and personality."
Yvonne Lorkin, The New Zealand Herald
"The mouthfeel is harmonious with fine acid zestiness and delicate, chalky minerality adding detail and interest. The wine flows smoothly and carries to an elegant, dry finish with passionfruit notes. This is a softly refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours and a harmonious mouthfeel. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years."
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
"Classic Marlborough Savvie, aromatic and full of lime zest and rounded green fruits."
The Irish Times
"So this is the Kiwi Sauv Blanc Graham slurps on his hit TV show. Apparently he had a hand in blending it too. Verdict - tropical and citrus fruit flavours and good acidity on a persistent palate. Graham's profits go to the Dogs Trust. Drink it with: Grilled sardines or mackerel."
Matthew Nugent, The Irish Sun
"From Invivo, the 2015 vintage is a blend of 'southern hemisphere Sauvignon Blanc and Norton hemisphere brilliance'. It's an aromatic, vibrant, tangy wine, strongly varietal, with melon/lime flavours, showing good vigour and intensity, and a lingering finish."
Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wine 2016
"Nose of white and green asparagus with freshly sliced white peach and a palate to match. Focused, pure and refreshing."
International Wine Challenge Tranche 1 2016
"'Fully tropical fruit, balanced by a leafy, nutty herbaceousness,' began Daniel Murray of Berners Tavern, with James Hocking of The Vineyard Group finding it 'balanced, crisp and clear' on the palate."
Judges' comments, Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
"The talk show king has sold over 400,000 bottles of his wine in the six months since its release, making it one of the most successful celebrity wine collaborations ever."
Marie Claire

Other Vintages for this Wine

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Awards

  • Double Gold Medal

    China Wine & Spirits Awards 2015

  • 5 Stars & 93 Points

    Wine Orbit Magazine

  • 4.5 Stars

    Winestate Magazine

  • Wine of the Year Finalist

    Winestate Magazine

  • Silver Medal

    International Wine and Spirit Competition 2015

  • Silver Medal

    International Aromatic Wine Competition 2015

  • Silver Medal

    International Wine Challenge Tranche 1 2016

  • Bronze Medal

    Sommelier Wine Awards 2016

  • Bronze Medal

    Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

  • Silver Medal

    Marlborough Wine Show 2015

  • 4 Stars

    Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

  • 89 Points

    Bob Campbell MW

  • Bronze Medal

    Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015

  • 4 Stars

    Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wine 2016