Grace Koshu Wines, Japan

   I’m posting today to bring further awareness to the delicate Koshu wine variety from Japan. In particular from Yamanashi, “Grace” winery was established in 1923 and has a solid reputation for their Koshu wines. Koshu is now known as a traditional grape variety of Japan. Ayana Misawa san, winemaker for Grace winery, presented her wines. She is one of about 2 or 3 female winemakers in Japan.

   Overall these are very delicate wines, made carefully to preserve the fragrance and palate of the grape variety. What you get is a wine that’s perfumed and light in both fragrance and palate (and extremely pale in colour), yet with a seemingly precise structure which retains elegance in its smooth finish.

   Grace Koshu 2009 is their benchmark wine – Fruit is pleasantly fresh with a hint of citrus, and crisp but not ‘tarty’ (or overly sweet). A touch of spice perfectly complements. Overall this wine is dry and well balanced, and while it doesn’t jump out at you it’s complexity is intriguing. Pairs well with Japanese food, seafood, light, delicate and/or fragrant dishes. This wine is also perfect for those who appreciate or are getting to know Pinot Gris/Grigio (quickly gaining popularity in Australia), if they haven’t already tried Koshu. Grace Winery: http://www.grace-wine.co.jp/english/englishnew.html

   Grace Koshu Wines can be found in a few high end restaurants (Catalina, Rockpool…) and Ultimo Wine Centre. Keep an eye out for it on the restaurant wine list! (photo courtesy of Tony McNicol, as my phone didn’t take a good picture). Kampaii!

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5 thoughts on “Grace Koshu Wines, Japan

  1. agree sounds intriguing Sarah. they could well be a good little foil for the delicate sophistication of Jap. cuisine. Wines that don’t hit you in the face; wines for quiet reflection over a couple of inspired dishes from an Ironchef..

  2. Simon – long time no see! Thank you for reading, Koshu definitely worth trying and is an excellent wine.
    Andypat – Haha true thank you for your comment. I haven’t had koshu with Japanese food yet but know it goes really well

  3. the Japanese have a long tradition in beer and saki brewing, so i don’t see any reason why they can’t be good winemakers! And we know they are the best imitators and improvers in the world…

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