2019 Grape Republic Anfora Koshu
Grape Republic was founded by restaurateur and sommelier Kazuomi Fujimaki in 2015 who up and moved from Tokyo to the village of Shinden in Yamagata.
With no previous experience in winemaking - he set three simple rules for himself: The cultivation must be organic, the wines must be made without sulfur and other additives, and they should preferably have a touch of amphora storage. The goal was to make live and clear Japanese wines in free style using the grapes grown in Yamagata's orchards throughout the 20th century. 100% Koshu from Yamanashi. A lighter, refined style of wine best suited for Japanese cuisine. Grapes were hand picked and immediately pressed. Left on skins for 12 hours. Aged in amphora for 8 months. Very focused, pure and taut with notes of yellow fruit, yuzu and high acidity.