Graham Norton's Own Sauvignon Blanc by Invivo 2016

He’s trod New Zealand grapes on the set of his famous show and blended Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc into an award-winning wine in a London apartment. This year, though, top talk show host Graham Norton and Kiwi winemakers Invivo headed to Graham’s own back yard to work their winemaking magic: Bantry House in County Cork, Ireland.

Invivo cofounder Tim Lightbourne and winemaker Rob Cameron, travelled over 20,000 kilometres to Norton’s summer location – complete with their precious cargo of six distinctive Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc pressings. Then, over a reportedly riotous afternoon blending session the trio created Graham’s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc.

Long-time Sauvignon Blanc fan Norton was well pleased with the result, but surprised the Invivo crew by inviting a lucky handful of Cork locals to pass judgement on the blend. Their verdict? “Very drinkable…I could drink a lot of that” and “absolutely lovely.”

Specifications

Country New Zealand/Ireland
Region Marlborough, New Zealand, blended in Ireland
Vineyards 3 vineyards Dashwood & Awatere Valley, Marlborough
Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Cellaring 1-3 years
Bottle Size 750ml
Winemaker Graham Norton

Analysis

Residual Sugar 4.1/L
pH 3.23
TA 7.1
Alcohol 12.5%

Reviews

93 Points and 5 stars “This is filled with gorgeous passionfruit, nectarine, feijoa and lime zest flavours. It is fragrant and intense, and delivers loads of tasty flavours backed by juicy acidity. A hugely appealing Sauvignon with varietal purity and power, and finishes superbly long and refreshing. At its best: now to 2019. August, 2016
Wine Orbit
"From “chief winemaker Graham Norton”, Invivo’s release has a punchy, aromatic bouquet. Medium-bodied, it is vibrantly fruity, with strong, ripe melon, lime and capsicum flavours, a slightly salty streak, a vague suggestion of sweetness and a crisp, lingering finish."
Winestate Magazine 2016
"Top Tipple - Grown in New Zealand and blended by Graham in County Cork, the wine is zesty and fresh, so delicious with chicken and fish."
Woman's Own UK Magazine
“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 2016

  • 93 Points & 5 Stars

    Wine Orbit

  • Silver Award

    New Zealand International Wine Show 2016

  • Selected for Qantas Business Class August. 1, 2016

    Qantas

  • 4 Stars

    Winestate Magazine

  • Bronze Medal

    International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016

  • Silver Medal

    Melbourne International Wine Competition 2016

  • Silver Medal

    Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2016

  • Bronze Medal

    International Wine Challenge 2017