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.
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
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