Marufuji - Rubaiyat Koshu 2012 - Yamanashi Provence 75cl Bottle


Marufuji - Rubaiyat Koshu 2012
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The fresh white wine made from the Japanese traditional grape variety, Koshu.

It was fermented at 18 to 20 degrees C in a glass lining tank and aged on lees for around 5 months. Bottled after light filtration.
The attack is slightly racy, which makes this wine so lively. It has fine note of fruits and white flower, crisp acidity and refreshing finish with faint sweetness of candied fruits. Balanced and charming.

This is very food friendly wine, especially with Japanese cuisine and fish dishes.

The aroma is very subtle, fresh and gentle with hints of pear and just a waft of aromatics in the background, like a tinned fruit salad.

Category(s):     White Wine

Producer: Marafuji
ABV:   12.5%
Brand:   Marufuji
Country of Origin:   Japan
Grape Type:   Koshu
Region:   Yamanashi
Vintage:   2012


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Producer Information

The Marufuji Winery is situated in the major concentration of vineyards and wineries, in Katsunuma, Yamanashi Prefecture just north of Mount Fuji. They have been in operation since 1890 and name this wine, their top white, after the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Grapes have been grown here for centuries, indeed the Kôshu grape was brought to Japan from the Middle East, via China and the Silk Route as long ago as the eighth century. However for most of that time it has been an eating grape, which is certainly what it tastes like on this showing. Wine production only really got going from the late nineteenth century when Japan started opening up to European and American influences. Even today less than 10% of grape production is for wine and the great majority of this is hardy hybrid varieties that can cope with the humid climate.

Kôshu has been produced as a single varietal only for the last ten years when it was realised that this could be the signature grape for the whole industry. Certainly it seems to be very Japanese to me, it is subtle and delicate and well made and could partner the similarly subtle cuisine very well.

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