Invivo Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

In a cool vintage, we have managed to achieve very ripe flavours from this wine with tropical notes of pineapple, grapefruit and passionfruit. The palate is precise with a subtle, textural element from the barrique ageing and flavours of citrus, guava and capsicum mingle with a very long and taut finish. This wine exudes purity of fruit with excellent structure, which will aid in its cellaring for up to 5 years.


Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Vineyards Windrush Vineyard Renwick
Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Brix at Harvest 21.4
Cellaring 1-5 years
Bottle Size 750ml
Winemaker Rob Cameron


Residual Sugar 2.7/L
pH 3.31
TA 7.7
Alcohol 12.6%


"The 2012 vintage is a single-vineyard, Wairau Valley wine, fermented in tanks (75 per cent) and one-year-old French oak barriques (25 per cent). It shows good weight, with concentrated, ripe melon/lime flavours, gently seasoned with oak. A subtle, satisfying style, it's enjoyable from the start"
Michael Cooper, Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wine
"Fresh, pure Sauvignon Blanc with gentle citrus/lime and nectarine/tree fruit flavours. Light, dry wine with a surprising lengthy finish and ethereal texture."
Bob Campbell MW
"Invivo has conjured a masterfully crafted sauvignon of honed refinement, building impressive texture through fermentation of one quarter of the blend in oak barrels. This has taken nothing from the lively purity and seamless persistence of its wonderful red apple, lemon and lime zest flavours. A delightfully appealing style that lingers with subtle, spicy complexity"
92 Points, Tyson Stelzer
“Best in Show Wines of 2012: This smells like any other Marlborough sauvignon blanc: pungent and grassy with vegetal touches, hints of asparagus and tropical notes. Perfect, like a sauvignon from Marlborough ought to smell. On the palate, however, you don't get what you expect - and it's this point of difference that is so appealing. With restrained and subtle elements of grapefruit, pineapple and passionfruit, a precise minimalist structure and a long, tight finish, tending dry, this wine is a wonderful, sophisticated understatement.”
John Hawkesby, (Best Sauvignon Blanc of 2012) New Zealand Herald
"A great organic sauvignon bursting with vibrant gooseberry fruit, green herb and lime with an elegant slaty edge."
"Top 50 Wines of 2013" Jo Burzynska, Viva Magazine
"Good weight, with strong, lively, well-ripened melon and lime flavours, a gentle seasoning of oak adding complexity and a dry finish. Subtle, satisfying, single-vineyard wine from the Wairau Valley, 25% barrel-fermented. Certified organic."
4 Stars, Winestate Magazine

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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. Around a quarter of the juice was fermented in old oak barrels and left on its lees for 4 months. The remainder of the juice was cool fermented in stainless steel. The yeast lees were used as a natural fining agent for the both the barrel and tank portions, with weekly stirring adding texture and also softening out any phenolics present. Un-fined and just lightly treated with bentonite this wine is the epitome of minimal intervention.

Harvest date: 18th April 2012


  • Gold Medal

    Australian Small Winemakers Show 2012

  • 92 Points & 5 Stars

    Tyson Stelzer

  • 4 stars

    Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wine 2013

  • 4 Stars

    Winestate Magazine

  • Silver Medal

    2013 Decanter World Wine Awards