By James Wilkinson

Boutique New Zealand wine company Invivo is continuing its rise up the charts in dramatic fashion, this week taking out gold for its Sauvignon Blanc at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London.

The 2009 Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc won gold in the Decanter Awards, crowning it the world’s best alongside only eight other wines in its category, on the back of increased success back home.

“In 2009 no New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs won gold at the Decanter Awards, so for Invivo to win gold in this very tough competition (approximately 40 MW judges) is fantastic,” said Invivo director, Tim Lightbourne.

At home in New Zealand, recent success for Invivo’s Sauvignon Blanc, distributed in Australia by Southern Sphere wines, has included gold in the 2009 International Aromatic Wine Competition and five gold stars by Cuisine magazine. It is also now served in Air New Zealand's Business Class after it was selected following a blind tasting of over 800 wines.

"Invivo has only been around since the start of 2008, so winning gold at the Decanter, Air New Zealand and International Aromatic competitions is a massive achievement," said Southern Sphere's Timothy Jordan. "They also only produce a limited number of cases every year and I'm expecting them to literally fly out the door on the back of the Decanter success.

Invivo's 2008 Central Otago Pinot Noir also won bronze at the Decanter World Wine Awards, which are the largest on the planet and this year attracted a record 10,983 wines from over 45 countries.

For trade enquires, contact Tim Jordan at Southern Sphere on 0425 230 000 or email

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