Monday, 25 June 2012

Invivo Wines

Founded in 2007, Invivo wines is a youthful, boutique winery making some exciting wines in prime (or should I say primo) wine growing regions of New Zealand. I was invited to the UK launch of their wines at the Refinery in Southwark. We tasted a range of wines and experienced a little piece of Invivo's love of combining wine and art. These innovative kiwis have released a series of custom graffiti wine boxes to present their wine. Here is a run through of my thoughts on some of their wines

Three wines of Invivo - Sauvignon Blanc, Rose and Pinot Noir 
Bella by Invivo, 2011
Tim Lightbourne from Invivo is obviously proud of the low alcohol (9.5%) and low calorie Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Bella, and with good reason. The key to successful low alcohol wine and beer is to pack it so full of flavour that with the first sip, all preconceptions about the alcohol content are instantly forgotten. Bella does the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc thing in spades. It's packed with perfumed elderflower and lime acidity which excite the nose and refresh the palate. The fruit driven nature of the wine and some residual sugar gives the impression of being slightly off dry and this seems to give the wine more length than expected given the low alcohol content. Invivo are pushing the low calorie appeal of this wine but for me it is the lower ABV which is the real draw. If we ever get some sustained sun, this wine would be perfect for an afternoon glass in the garden or with a picnic. And if you need another excuse to buy a bottle, pint sized sex therapist, Dr Ruth, recommends low alcohol wine to get in the mood!

At £14.99 the price is a touch on the high side but this is a special wine and for the right occasion is one of a kind. 

Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Bella's big sister is a more sophisticated and subtle affair. It's a powerful and complex example of what can be achieved with Marlborough Sauvignons, the tropical fruit, lime and gooseberry is balanced carefully with a herbal acidity and a rich, almost biscuity mouthfeel which lingers until the next sip. A good wine for food and a bargain at £12.99.

          Graffiti artists Da Wild Stallions were working on the wine boxes while we sampled the wines 
Invivo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
My wine of the evening was this excellent, gold award winning, Pinot Noir. The nose is sweetly perfumed with red berries and leather. In the mouth dark cherries, plums and dark chocolate tell the story from a New Zealand Pinot with surprising depth and almost Burgundian earthy elegance. I took a French friend with me to the launch and he said it rivalled anything he has had from France recently. High praise indeed. The RRP for this wine is £19.99.

Also available from Invivo are a Rosé and a Pinot Gris.

All of these wines are available at Harvey Nicholls,, and independent wine shops. 

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