Al Fiore - 2019 Bianco

2019 Bianco

Steuben, Koshu, Neo Muscat 
Yamagata and Yamanashi, Japan

"Technically a blanc de noir (ie. white juice from red-wine grape Steuben) blended with white grapes. The Steuben press juice was fermented and aged in stainless steel tank. The Koshu and Neo Muscat were fermented for one week with skin contact in amphora tank, then pressed and aged on-lees in tank. Super floral and aromatic with notes of lime blossoms, roses, lychee and white pepper on the nose. Natural yeast, no filtration, no SO2. 

Koshu, Delaware, and Muscat A Baily. Al Fiore meaning ‘single flower’ in Japanese is named after Hirotaka’s former restaurant. The winery is operated by Hirotaka and his wife Reina supported by a small team who produce around 15,000 bottles per year. As expected with all things Japanese, each wine is made with precision and care. With grapes both difficult to source and grow, every grape must be treated with respect. Each bottle number is hand written and dyed using persimmon fruit. As grapes are difficult to grow in the region, Reina and Hirotaka predominantly source their grapes from neighbouring regions like Yamagata and Yamanashi, home of Koshu grape. In 2014 they began planting their own vines with the dream to harvest and produce wines purely from their own crop. We’re all hoping to see this come to fruition in 2021. Their wines are made up of both vinifera and labrusca grapes, commonly known as hybrid / table grapes. Varieties include Delaware, Steuben, and Niagara which bring an alluring perfume of ripe fruits and flowers unlike no other. They are extremely delicate wines, matching perfectly with the subtle flavours of Japanese cuisine. Reina & Hirotaka make their wines as naturally as possible. There are no additives used, no fining or filtration either." – Importer notes