This year sees the release of the sixth vintage of Graham Norton’s Own SauviGNon Blanc – the fifth vintage that the star has blended himself.
Collaborators New Zealand Winery Invivo & Co again brought samples of Marlborough SauviGNon Blanc to Graham in London, for a three hour session of sampling, blending, assessing and finally approving. This year, wine expert Joe Fattorini, with over 30 years in the trade, joined Graham and the team to assist in the blending.
Invivo & Co winemaker Rob Cameron then took the final recipe back to New Zealand to create this year’s vintage.
“The blending process Graham and the Invivo boys go through is exactly what you’d see at any winery in the world… this is real winemaking, by people who care deeply about what they’re doing,” said Joe Fattorini.
Invivo & Co winemaker Rob Cameron said: “2019 has been a great vintage and Graham has characteristically weaved his blend between parcels with herbaceous characters and other with more tropical and citrus notes. Overall the wine is a beautifully bold statement of Sauvignon Blanc which I’m sure will be a hit with all GN fans.”
Graham Norton wines have won over 50 medals across the world, including four trophies from the UK’s People’s Choice Awards, gold at the Global Sauvignon Masters, and gold at the Prosecco Masters. US publications Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator have awarded the Graham Norton Sauvignon 90 points and the wine has been chosen for Qantas Business class.
The wine will soon be on sale in ten countries where the Graham Norton wine brand is now available. Graham Norton’s Own Wines are distributed in Ireland by Barry & Fitzwilliam.