Celebrated broadcaster Paul Henry is renowned as a wine lover and now, he's also a winemaker.
Invivo Wines were looking for a personality to make a Pinot Noir to match Graham Norton's Own Sauvignon Blanc, and they looked no further than the MediaWorks personality to produce a limited edition run of Paul Henry's Own Pinot Noir.
"I have been in training for this for years, most recently fine-tuning my expertise by specialising on reds, particularly Pinot Noir," says Henry.
"The advantage was my superior palate as I was able to distinguish the key selling points and king hits from each vineyard. My blend features a unique mix of Pinot Noir grapes from four of Invivo's top Central Otago growers in Bannockburn and Gibbston Valley. It's absolutely delicious."
Henry blending and attending the bottling of his wine was filmed by Invivo to give the public a glimpse at the process.
"When Paul put up his hand, we put a glass in it. Paul sees himself as bit of a wine buff, so we taught him about the blending process, then sat him down at the blending bench and said 'go for it'," says Invivo co-founder Tim Lightbourne.
"Like Paul, we're sure his wine will raise eyebrows, divide opinions and get people talking well into the evening. Instead of getting up people's nose, he is slipping down their throat!"
Paul Henry's Own Pinot Noir will be on sale at Glengarry and Winefriend from Friday 18 November.
Henry will also be hosting a tasting down at Glengarry Victoria Park from 4pm this Friday, 18 November.