Grace Chardonnay 2011 – Japan

The wine was carefully made using Chardonnay from the Misawa Estate Vineyards in Akeno-cho, with special attention paid to harvest timing and fruit selection in the field. Grapes from different parcels are fermented separately before blending. In order to reveal the original potential of the grapes, new oak percentage was lowered. The wine was said to evoke impression of Gypsophilia in the popular manga “Komi-no-Shizuku”

(No Score – it was not worth the $150 and it didn’t taste anything like a Chardonnay)

Vntage: 2011
Grape Origin: Misawa vineyards in Akeno-cho; contracted vineyards from Katsunuma and Hishiyama in the Yamanashi prefecture
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Vintage (harvest year): 2011
Vinification: Fermentation and maturation in small oak barrels
Alcohol by volume: 13%
Volume: 750ml
Suggested retail price: Open
Wine type: (W) Dry
Tasting Note:

On the nose, freshness, citrus fruit of lemon, and pear, soft oak nuances reminiscent of green tea rolls. On swirling, fruit aromas of freshly grated green and golden delicious apples, refreshing herbs of mint and lemon grass and at the back, chili spiciness, with a hint of saltiness.
Balanced acidity was definitely leading on the palate. Transparent and clean mid-palate, no-frill, with a yellow fruit core. From mid to finish, oak nuances wrapping around the body, showing softness. Finish is soft, and on the overall, fresh and gentle. (Tasting note according to Naohisa Itou, Nov 16, 2012)