Saturday, January 30, 2010

Keeping things Chilly this Winter with Daiginjo Sake!

Introducing a new Daiginjo from the Vine Connections portfolio today!

KONTEKI - Pearls of Simplicity

From one of Japan’s smallest breweries, this Daiginjo is made with Japan’s highest quality rice and local Fushimi mizu, the soft, pure water from Japan’s Eastern Mountains. Highly-respected rice farmer Masayasu Tanaka carefully works the naturally fertilized soils of his farm in eastern Tottori prefecture to grow some of Japan’s best quality Yamada Nishiki, considered the pinnacle of premium sake rice.

Quality Grade: Junmai Daiginjo
Seimaibuai: 50% (50% of rice grain polished away)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Yeast: Brewer's Original #1 & #6
Nihonshu-do: 2
Alcohol: 15.5%
Acidity: 1.5

Tasting Notes/Food Pairing:
A bouquet of bright floral aromas is the perfect beginning for this crisp Junmai Daiginjo. Clean flavors of honeydew and lemon dominate but a subtle hint of licorice sneaks up once you get to the long and elegant finish. This is a great sipping sake but also a wonderful companion to a scallops, pork and other light meats.

Brewery Name: Higashiyama
Brewery Location: Kyoto
Toji (master brewer): Mr. Takakura
93 Points, Exceptional, Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2009

"Clear. Aromas of banana custard and praline follow through on a supple, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with excellent smoothness and integration of flavors. Finishes with nice interplay of spice, dried apples and bananas, toffee, and earth notes. A rich, flavorful daiginjo that will shine at the table with spicy sushi."

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