Graham Norton Mixes His Own Wine Sourced from New Zealand
In what has become an eagerly anticipated annual affair, famed talk show host Graham Norton has brought together a new vintage for 2017 With New Zealand Winery Invivo. Although by the looks of the video, he’s taken the winemaking reigns to blend his own beverage from scratch.
Norton worked his winemaking magic to create his 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Graham Norton Rosé and Graham Norton Shiraz. And for the first time, a soon to be released Graham Norton’s Own Prosecco – a result of the Invivos recent partnership with Italian growers based in Prosecco’s home of Veneto.
Long-time Sauvignon Blanc fan, Norton was chuffed with the result. He was particularly partial to the Prosecco, which the Invivo crew were pleasantly surprised to wake up to.
Lightbourne says, “You could go so far as to say we were ‘fizzing’ over it. But in all seriousness, since we worked with Graham on his first vintage Sauvignon Blanc in 2014, our winemaking trio has become like no other – this is because Graham is so hands on with the process, very enthusiastic and is getting better and better every year!”
Last year’s Graham Norton Rosé and Shiraz were both awarded gold medals at the 2016 Sydney International Wine Competition and Qantas choose to serve the wine onboard their Business Class in 2016. Meanwhile the Graham Norton 2016 Rosé is already a top 10 seller in New Zealand since its December release.
From 14,000 bottles produced in 2014 to more than 2 million forecast for 2017, demand for the wine has increased exponentially. Since 2016, production has increased by 500,000 bottles.
New Zealand’s Wine Orbit, who has rated the latest release 2017 Graham Norton Sauvignon 93 points and 5 stars notes, “Intensely aromatic on the nose showing nectarine, red apple, rockmelon and green kiwi fruit characters with a hint of flinty complexity. The palate is powerfully expressed and lively, and displays excellent fruit purity backed by fine texture and bright acidity, leading to a lingering tasty finish. At its best: now to 2020.”
Here at M2 we’re keen to get our hands on it as soon as possible.