The Koshu grape from Japan

I have heard on occasion that besides Sake, Japan also makes wines. In particular, a native white wine called Koshu. So when I saw one on the shelf in London, I just had to grab one and try. A few days later, I spied a different Koshu wine. What are the chances of that occurring? Grabbed that as well.

Grace Koshu Kayagatake

2011 Grace Koshu Kayagatake. Japan. 11.5%
According to the back label, Koshu grapes have been grown in Japan for 1,000 years. Who would’ve thought that?

Clean, fresh and full of minerals, with its pale, almost clear appearance.

Wonderful, dry texture. I’m getting grapefruits, lemon tang and a back note of ginger. Long finish. This wine is about subtle flavours. Hanging for some sashimi now. Lovely, crisp wine.

Approx $19 Pounds

24th January 2014

Rubaiyat Koshu

2011 Rubaiyat Koshu. Japan. 11.5%
A day after trying the Grace Koshu, I saw this in the window of the Harvey Nichols wine shop. Same grape, same vintage and both from Japan. Perfect way to gain a perspective on the Koshu grape.

Similar in taste profile, but this lacks the exciting zing on the palate and falls a touch short. Still liking the grape.

At $27 pounds, I was hoping for a far better wine.

26th January 2014

About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.


  1. talkavino

    Very interesting! Never heard of the Koshu grape… Seems that it will be hard to find – not really available on wine-searcher… But sounds worth looking for!

  2. Got a few bottles of Grace Wine Koshu at Raffles 🙂

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