We’ve looked at an awesome traditional…..and quite rare red rice Sake from this kura previously, but at a recent tasting with the fine folks from Black Market Sake in Sydney recently…..this particular Sake rocked my world.
The Mikai Shuzo kura is located in the Kyoto prefecture pretty much in the centre of the main island of Honshu. The kura (brewery) is located at the Northern tip of the prefecture, right on the Sea of Japan in the beautiful village in Ine. The funky label depicts the kura with a boat tied up outside it….. and looking at photos of Mukai Shuzo with the Blackmarket Sake crew, that is indeed what it is like…..smack bang on the waterfront and you can actually drive your boat up to the front of the kura and purchase your Sake…..my kind of drive-thru!
Kuniko is one of the few female Toji (brewers) in Japan who has taken over the reins from her Father and Kuramoto (brewery owner), Yoshihisa Mukai.
It’s a unique Sake…..the yeast used here is a 100 year old strain which has been stored at the University of Agriculture in Tokyo. Mukai asked for a sample of the strain and built it up until they had enough to produce this Sake.
This Sake would be a great one to take along to wine options…..it smells very wine-like, with a distinct lean towards the oxidative styles of the Jura…..there are also some single-malty scotch-type nuances in there as well…..must grab a bottle and plan some options evilness post-haste!
Again….Junmai is 100% pure rice sake with no additions and the Natsu no Omoide is made from Gohyakuman Goku rice, polished to 70%, the alcohol is 14.3%, the acidity 6.5 and it is recommended that the Sake be served at room temperature.
Light, pale gold in the glass with a gorgeous, alluring nose of creamy rice, dried apricots and peaches, cedar, oak & vanillin with hints of oyster shell, mirin, caramel and malt….there are some light wafts of peaty smoke and some wicked Jura-esque oxidative twangs.
In the mouth the 2000 Mukai Shuzo Natsu no Omoide is rich and beautifully complex…..it’s round and opulant but with brilliant presence and umami ache. Plenty of rich dried apricot, sea spray, caramel, toffee apple, peat, spice, vanillin and dreamy woody nuance. Amazing complexity.
Just a touch of roundness and sweetness to the finish, which is ohhh so long and moreish, point to a style of Sake that would be fantastic with a number of dishes.
Just brilliant stuff and one that is definitely on my buy list…..great stuff!
Price: $170 – Closure: Screwcap – Alcohol: 14.3% – Source: Tasting – Importer: Blackmarket Sake