INVIVO X , SARAH JESSICA PARKER SAUVIGNON BLANC

Following the phenomenal global success of the first vintage of Invivo X, SJP Sauvignon Blanc, Sarah Jessica Parker and Invivo guys, Tim and Rob, made their 2020 second release together, virtually. NYC-based Sarah Jessica dialled Tim and Rob in from their winery in Te Kauwhata, New Zealand to create and sign off their latest blend, over a two-hour Zoom chat. The result? Exceptional.

TASTING NOTES

An intensely aromatic nose, this is a delicious medley of ripe citrus, tropical fruit and a hint of something savory. The fruit spectrum is complex and while overwhelmingly ‘Sauvignon Blanc’, the addition of delicate oak adds another dimension. The striking palate immediately fills the mouth and finds a crisp finish to a long and balanced interplay of fruit and acidity. Delicate white wine tannins provide the framework and, combined with an approachable acidity, focuses the palate toward a long and elegant finish.

An intensely aromatic nose, this is a delicious medley of ripe citrus, tropical fruit and a hint of something savory. The fruit spectrum is complex and while overwhelmingly ‘Sauvignon Blanc’, the addition of delicate oak adds another dimension. The striking palate immediately fills the mouth and finds a crisp finish to a long and balanced interplay of fruit and acidity. Delicate white wine tannins provide the framework and, combined with an approachable acidity, focuses the palate toward a long and elegant finish.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with where we arrived with this year’s grapes,” says Sarah Jessica.

“I was so worried as competing with our first Sauvignon Blanc felt slightly daunting given its success and our love for it. But I am supremely excited about this.”

ACCOLADES

5 STARS, 94 POINTS, Wine Orbit
90 POINTS, James Suckling

A collaboration with actress Sarah Jessica Parker, this is packed with rich peach and citrus-fruit aromas, as well as guava, blackcurrant and passion fruit. Some grassy elements, too. The palate has sweet fruit impact with lime and ripemelon flavors taking center stage. Drink now. Screw cap.” – James Sucking 2020

“It’s brilliantly pristine and gorgeously fragrant, showing passionfruit, feijoa, kaffir lime and crunchy apple aromas on the nose, leading to a powerfully expressed palate that’s filled with delicious sauvignon flavours. The wine offers terrific intensity and fruit purity, finishing impressively long and satisfying. At its best: now to 2024” – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

For a full list of accolades, click here.

WINEMAKING

Sarah Jessica pushed the style a little further this year, for a softer wine with more oak influence, which included new French barriques and hogsheads. We employed more pre-fermentation maceration than in 2019, meaning we stirred the grape skins into the juice a bit more. We were really after an elevated phenolic structure with a hint of savory toast, but to be balanced we needed a great deal of weight and flesh among the structure. The vineyards provided this in abundance and with the addition of some extra solids during ferment, helped maximise the textual element. The final tool was a good amount of malolactic fermentation to naturally soften the wine and add that special character the malic acid conversion does.

INVIVO COFOUNDER AND WINEMAKER ROB CAMERON’S FOOD MATCHES

Oysters
Baked or smoked salmon
Grilled sambal prawns
Korean spicy beef
Classic old school kedgeree
Salmon poke bowl
Blue cheese and caramelised onion tart