Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc has scooped Blue Gold at the Sydney International Wine Competition.
The actress’ collaboration with New Zealand’s Invivo Wines helped the Kiwis complete a clean sweep of trophies and medals in the competition’s Sauvignon Blanc category.
SJP – who has enjoyed considerable acclaim for her perfume range – put her olfactory skills to good effect with the blending of the Sauvignon Blanc from five parcels of 2019 Marlborough fruit to produce an easy-drinking, but distinctive wine described by SIWC judge Andrea Pritzker MW as having: “Lively aromas of passionfruit and fresh-cut grass. Crisp and fresh displaying passionfruit intensity and floral overtones.”
She also hand-painted the “X” design on the bottle’s original label.
“The whole marvellous experience was a great and unexpected opportunity and yes, at last we get to introduce the fruits of these last many months,” SJP said of her first foray into wine production. “We are thrilled to pour our first glasses, delight in imagining others do so and hope very much that you love it as much as we do.”
The medal continues a run of success for Invivo’s celebrity backed wines in the Sydney International Wine Competition, with Graham Norton’s Sauvignon Blanc and Australian Shiraz blends tasting success in previous competitions.
Jacob’s Creek wins Best Wine of Show
However, it wasn’t all one-way traffic for the Kiwis. Australian wineries won 166 trophies and medals compared to 77 for New Zealand’s wineries. Other trophy and medal winners came from Argentina, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Australian wineries took out 11 of the 13 trophies for the Style Categories and also best wine of the competition – the Jacob’s Creek Lyndale Chardonnay 2018 ($50).
And while the Aussie winemakers couldn’t dent the Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc ‘fortress’, an Australian Pinot Noir did take out the trophy for best Pinor Noir, with Coles Liquor’s Ballewindi Pinot Noir 2018 ($30) from Balnarring in the Mornington Peninsula ending a long run of dominance by New Zealand wines in the class. However, while an Australian Pinot Noir might have taken top spot, the Kiwis still won 20 out of the 24 medals in the category.
New Zealand’s Marlborough was once again the most successful wine region, with 52 trophies and medals, while Australia’s pre-eminence in the red wine categories saw South Australia’s Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills and the Clare Valley all perform strongly, along with Western Australia’s Margaret River.
Three wineries shared the ‘most awarded’ honour, with New Zealand’s Saint Clair Family Estate and Yealands Wine Group, and Australia’s De Bortoli Wines taking out nine medals each.
The Sydney International Wine Competition is unique in being the only international wine show that judges all its finalists in combination with appropriate food.