Spirits & Wine

Grace Wine: Japanese Wine Tasting

At the Ultimo Wine Centre’s Saké Tasting, we had the opportunity to sample Grace Wines from Japan.

Grace Wine Japan

Grace Wine is situated in Katsunama, Yamanashi near Mount Fuji in Japan. Their wine production is relatively young, dating back to 1923. They use traditional grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot as well as lesser known varieties such as Koshu, a Japanese native grape and Muscat Bailey.

Grace Wine Japan

Grace Kayagatake Koshu Blanc 2008 (left) is a citrusy and perfumed white, a pleasant light wine that spells out summer. We loved the Grace Chardonnay 2008 (right), a blend of Chardonnays from two different vineyards with soft oak finishes.

Grace Wine Japan

Grace Kayagatake Rouge 2007 (left) comes from a vineyard located at foot of Mount Kayagatake. A blend of Muscat Bailey A, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot that makes a medium bodied wine with berry notes.

Cuvée Misawa Rouge 2006 (right) is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc aged in oak for 14 months. This is a wine with great potential for cellaring.

Overall, an impressive range of wines and a great opportunity to learn a little about their viniculture. Now we’re no longer limited to Saké and local beers when we next visit Japan.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.