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Fukuchiyo Shuzo Yamada Nishiki Sake 2016 720ml

Fukuchiyo Shuzo Yamada Nishiki Sake 2016 720ml

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Tasting Notes

This Nabeshima Junmai Ginjo is made using Yamada Nishiki rice, often given the moniker ‘King of Sake Rice’. The majority of Junmai Ginjo sake are made using this rice strain as it helps produce a fragrant sake with a soft rounded flavour. Yamada Nishiki rice reliably produces a rice grain that has a consistent size and texture with a dense white core and a low protein content, however it can also be difficult to grow so Fukuchiyo Shuzo has sourced the rice for this sake from Toyama which is one of the areas that grows exceptional Yamada Nishiki rice. The Nabeshima is also Nama-cho which means that unlike conventional pasteurised sake which is heat treated twice, this sake has been stored unpasteurised until bottling where it is then heat treated once. This is done to retain some of the fresh, lively palate of Nama [unpasteurised] Sake whilst gaining some roundness and depth during the ageing period after pasteurisation. Delicate floral, pear and fennel aroma with a delicate honeydew melon palate that starts sweet and finishes with a gently spice laden, dry finish. - Importer Note

Fukuchiyo Shuzo was founded in 1924 and is located south of Saga City in the town of Kashima which faces the Ariake Sea. The Kuramoto [Brewery Owner] Naoki Iimori is also the Toji [Master Brewer] and his aim is to create sake that tastes unique, vibrant and fresh. One of the ways Iimori-san does this is by brewing his sake at low temperatures over a long period.  All of Fukuchiyo’s sake are made with a Sokujo moto [modern starter method] which at most breweries would mean a 14-16 day ferment, however Iimori-san doubles this time to around 30-33 days.  This ‘slow and low’ ferment creates freshness with body.  All of the sake at Fukuchiyo are also Muroka, or made without charcoal filtration. Iimori-san believes that if sake is made with quality ingredients and attention to detail, then charcoal filtration is not required.  Nabeshima is the clan name of a prominent Samurai clan of Kyushu that controlled the domain of Saga from the late Sengoku period through to the Edo period.  The Nabeshima name was taken by Shigenao Shoni [from the Shoni clan]  in the late 15th century when he established himself at Nabeshima in Hizen Province, which today is part of Saga City.  The Nabeshima clan played an important role in the region for centuries and Fukuchiyo have named their sake range in their honour. - Importer Note
Product Type Wine Sake
Volume 720ml
Country Japan
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Minimal Intervention