Two reasons to smile today

11/5/2019 1:51 PM

Sarah Jessica Parker’s first ever wine was perfected in May this year when Invivo founders Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron travelled to New York City to create her new Sauvignon Blanc. They brought samples of the 2019 vintage, harvested in April. Over a three-hour session, Sarah Jessica and the Invivo team finalised the proportions from each vineyard to create the exact blending recipe used in the wine.

The Invivo X, SJP Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of five estates in Marlborough, spanning both the Wairau and Awatere Valleys. Sarah Jessica loved the intensity of style from the Waihopai Valley and has blended that with pure fruit aromatics from the Western Wairau and the power and purity found in the Westhaven Vineyard in the Dashwood.

The Westhaven vineyard is one of the last blocks of Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough to be harvested and so has an extremely long season to develop flavour and power. The 2019 vintage enjoyed an ideal growing season which allowed for gradual ripening, so harvest was timed to harness the maximum warmth and sunshine of summer.

Sarah Jessica loves the fruit purity of Sauvignon Blanc but also wanted to make a wine that was powerful and would age well. To achieve this, we needed to include a structural element to the wine. The Westhaven vineyard with its long season and ripe phenolic profile was the ideal candidate to push the boundaries!

We held a portion of this fruit post-harvest in contact with its skins to extract some of the ripe phenolics (tannins). We introduced “blonde” (un-toasted) oak to some of the parcels to complement the naturally rounder wines, then vigorously stirred the lees of these tanks for three months. The resulting wines made for fascinating blending options that Sarah Jessica weaved into her wine.

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See below for some other Wine Wednesday Facts:

The word “sommelier” is a old French word meaning butler or an officer in charge of provisions, derived from the Old Provençal saumalier, or pack-animal driver.

“Cheers!” we say, as we clink glasses with our friends and family. This ritual started back in the Middle Ages, when poisoning was a favourite way to get rid of an enemy. To be sure their glass was poison-free, drinkers would first pour a bit of wine into each other’s glass, so if there was poison in one, it was now in both. But soon, people in the company of trusted companions would pass over the tasting and just clink their glasses instead. Although there’s no real proof to this story, historians speculate that this custom is why “To your health” is a favourite saying along with the glasses clinking. Others say that the noise of the glasses clinking together was meant to dispel evil spirits. Either way, it’s a nice way to start a meal or event.

China has become the leading market for red wine—not just for its flavour. It’s a colour favoured by the government, and also is considered lucky.

Did you know that it takes three types of grapes to make Champagne? It does! It takes two reds, a Pinot Noir and a Pinot Meunier; and one white, a Chardonnay. The colour of a Champagne comes from the pressing, when winemakers decide how much of the grape skin’s pigments to colour the wine.