Grace Wine was established in 1923, in the Katsunuma province, the birthplace of the Japanese wine industry. Committed to the belief that great wine is made in the vineyard, they were the first to research and introduce European training and pruning methods introducing such as using long cordon training and Vertical Shoot Positioning in 1990. The wines are made in a modern way to retain the delicate characteristics of this individual and exciting grape variety.
2020 started with a warm winter and spring, and the vines budded well. The canopy grew steadily due to good rainfall and higher-than-average sunshine during flowering to fruit set. In the rainy season, however, the growth of vines stagnated due to record rainfall and lack of sunshine, fortunately due to vigilance in the vineyard and individual bunch shading, damage was limited. Summer saw good weather return and the delayed growth and maturation of the grapes gradually recovered and the harvest of Koshu took place as usual.
Made from Japan’s most important indigenous grape variety: Koshu. The grapes for this wine are grown on the foothills of Mt. Kayagatake from estate managed vineyards at an altitude of 400 to 700 metres. The vines are planted in distinctively volcanic soils with good drainage, providing excellent growing conditions. The vineyard has a cool climate but also abundant sunshine, allowing the slow maturation of the grapes over a long growing season. Traditional trellis pruning has been cast aside in favour of a modern long cordon training system which helps to control yields; concentrating flavours and sugars to balance the high acidity that occurs naturally in this variety. The grapes were hand-harvested at optimum maturity.
The winemaking philosophy emphasises preserving the healthy state of the grapes by ensuring harvest took place at the optimum time through appropriate analysis, rapid crushing and anaerobic juice handling in order to produce clean, natural and pure wines, bringing out the potential in the fruit. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at carefully controlled temperatures, to ensure the purity of the fruit and the terroir was fully expressed.
Elegant aromas of green apple, grapefruit, chamomile and white pepper lead to a smooth, bone dry palate. This is a delicate yet tense white wine, with a lively acidity that gives beautiful structure through to a long mouthwatering finish.