Region: Yamanashi, Japan
JAPAN!, we hear you cry with sceptical eyes... Not to worry folks, there's nothing unusual about this wine, although it might not be at the top of your list when it comes to well known wine producing nations. Japan's indigenous Koshu grape has been used for wine production for centuries, and the wines are typically linear and aromatic. This wine only sees stainless steel as a vessel for fermentation and ageing, which means all of the flavours and aromas are because of the complexity of the fruit. Here, we have white peach, blossom flowers and melon, and a steely minerality. It's a really impressive wine, and one that we highly recommend for the drinker looking to step off the beaten track.