Invivo Marlborough 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 the bottle over time and its complexity will become more marked between sweet fruit spectrum and almost savoury herbal notes.


Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Vineyards Dashwood 70%, Awatere Valley 30%
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 29/124


“Stylishly presented flavours of pungent passionfruit, limes, tropical fruits and gooseberries are enhanced by fresh esters”
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
“Aromatic, with excellent intensity of melon, passionfruit and lime flavours, showing a touch of complexity and a long, dry (3.5 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Poised and rich, it offers great value”
Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines
“Pristine and pure, the delicately fragrant bouquet shows flint, lime zest and herbaceous characters. It's focused and finely textured on the palate with lovely fruit concentration and a fabulous crisp finish. It's beautifully poised and mouth-watering”
Wine Orbit
“Assertive, flavoursome wine with tangy gooseberry, green capsicum and a thread of passion fruit. Mouth-watering wine with juicy acidity driving a lengthy finish”
Bob Campbell MW
"Intense and zesty, this wine has a classic grassy, citrus aroma - vibrant and fresh, with added richness from some tropical fruitiness. We could pick the lees contact in both the aroma and palate. There is plenty of texture and that means superb palate weight. Bright citrus flavours, subtle grassiness and some perfectly balanced tropical fruitiness make this wine a winner."
Deborah Walton-Derry & Peter Morice, Marlborough Express
"Richly scented, with excellent intensity of melon, passionfruit and lime flavours, good vigour and a generous, rounded, long finish. Delicious now"
4.5 Stars, Winestate Magazine, May 2012
"Classic Marlborough nose with gooseberry and cut grass, leads to a fresh palate with bursts of lime and a medium length. 'A fresh expression of an exotic Sauvignon Blanc, where the characteristic leafiness is well accompanied by a lovely, delicate peach"
Marco Feraldi, Seven Park Place, 2013 Sommelier Wine Awards Judge

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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 aromas and texture with average fermentation lasting around 3 weeks. The tanks were then topped up and stirred (battonage) without sulphur for 9 weeks.

Harvest date: April 25 - 7 May 2012


  • 5 stars

    Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

  • 4.5 stars

    Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013

  • 91 Points

    Wine Orbit

  • 4 stars

    Bob Campbell MW

  • 4.5 stars

    Winestate Magazine

  • Gold Medal

    2013 Sommelier Wine Awards

  • Silver Medal

    2013 International Wine Challenge

  • Silver Medal

    2013 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

  • Silver Medal

    Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2013