NZ-owned Invivo Wines has brought home the trophy for the Sauvignon Blanc category in the recent Sydney International Wine Competition (SIWC).
The winning wine was made in collaboration with American actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who used her olfactory skills to good effect with the blending of Sauvignon Blanc from five parcels of 2019 Marlborough fruit. The result is an easy-drinking, but distinctive wine described by SIWC judge Andrea Pritzer as having “lively aromas of passionfruit and fresh-cut grass. Crisp and fresh displaying passionfruit intensity and floral overtones”. The bottle packaging features an X design hand-painted by the actress herself.
Invivo X, SJP Sauvignon Blanc 2019 received a BlueGold medal and has continued a run of success for Invivo’s celebrity-backed wines in the previous SIWC competitions including Graham Norton’s Sauvignon Blanc and Australian Shiraz blends.
The SIWC is the only international wine show that judges its finalists in combination with a food pairing. Renowned chef Michael Manners, alongside Marcel Kustos from Adelaide University, created the dishes to complement the various wine categories being judged. The dish prepared for the final judging of the Sauvignon Blanc finalists was a marinated zucchini with hazelnuts and goat ricotta.