2019 Fattoria al Fiore Bianco
Koshu, steuben, neo muscat.
How good a name is neo muscat? Meanwhile, this is wine from Japan from Yamagata and Yamanishi prefectures. It is actually a blanc de noir blended with white grapes. The white grapes get skin contact, the steuben is direct pressed to create white wine – all of this is aged in amphora. Smells like ripe paw paw and green herbs. Juicy and saline in the palate, a bulbous, fleshy white with more of the paw paw character and lots of bright acidity underlying. A flavour bomb, relatively simple but also quite compelling in its unique, mellow and forthright way. Such unique characters here anyway. Mike Bennie - The Wine Front