Broadcaster Paul Henry releases his own wine

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Paul 'The Palate' Henry produces his very own pinot noir.

It seems "semi-retired" broadcaster Paul Henry already has another career on the go, adding winemaker to his resume with the release of Paul Henry's Own Pinot Noir tomorrow.

For just under $30 a pop, punters can grab themselves a bottle of what the man himself describes as "perfection".

Following in the footsteps of chatshow host Graham Norton, Henry has teamed up with Invivo Wines to produce his limited-run pinot, blending different wines from around Central Otago.

Invivo co-founders Rob Cameron (L) and Tim Lightbourne (R) with Paul Henry.
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Invivo co-founders Rob Cameron (L) and Tim Lightbourne (R) with Paul Henry.

Invivo co-founders Rob Cameron and Tim Lightbourne produced a sauvignon blanc with Norton last year, and thought Henry would make a good partner for a follow-up.

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"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 Lightbourne.

Paul's face and name adorn every bottle of Paul Henry's Own Pinot Noir.
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Paul's face and name adorn every bottle of Paul Henry's Own Pinot Noir.

"When he was tasting it, he was saying he wants this wine to be very approachable, with lots of flavour."

"His name is on the bottle, his face is on the bottle, so he wanted to make sure it was a quality product. We worked alongside him and we're pretty happy with what we came up with."

Lightbourne describes Henry's pinot noir as "nice, balanced and approachable", with "lots of dark cherry and plum flavour profiles".

The man himself was more enthusiastic. "It looks bloody fantastic, it's got a great nose, and it is very, very flavoursome and smooth."

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Paul Henry's Own Pinot Noir is available November 18 from Glengarry and Winefriend. Henry will also be holding a tasting that day at Glengarry Victoria Park in Auckland from 4pm.

 - Stuff

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