Al Fiore - 2019 Ohno Field Blend
"A new cuvee to Australia, and again a blend of a few different styles. The chardonnay is fermented in a stainless tank for 3 weeks and then in old barrels for 5 months. The other four grapes are destemmed, left on skins for two weeks then pressed. After fermentation, it’s left in barrels for 3 months sur lie. All is then blended and aged in tanks for another 5 months before bottling where it spends an additional 4 months before release. Blooms of raspberry, orange peel, watermelon and wine gums. This is the one. Under 1000 bottles made. 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." Total bottles made: 870 – Importer notes
Variety Chardonnay, Takao, Ougyoku, Shinano smile, Rosalio bianco || Region Yamagata and Yamanashi, Japan || ABV 11.5% || Vol 750ml