Grace Koshu Private Reserve, Grace Winery Grace Yamanashi
Grace Wine was established in 1923, in the Katsunuma province, the birthplace of the Japanese wine industry. Committed to the belief that great wine is made in the vineyard, they were the first to research and introduce European training and pruning methods introducing such as using long cordon training and Vertical Shoot Positioning in 1990. The wines are made in a modern way to retain the delicate characteristics of this individual and exciting grape variety. Made from Japan's most important indigenous grape variety, Koshu. The grapes are grown at 500 metres altitude in the elevated Hishiyama district of Katsunama in the Yamanashi prefecture. At this elevation, the cooler aspect allows for a slow maturation of the grapes over a long growing season. The vines are grown in distinctively volcanic soils with good drainage, providing excellent growing conditions for the Koshu grape. Traditional trellis pruning has been cast aside in favour of a modern long cordon training system which helps to control yields; concentrating flavours and sugars to balance the high acidity that occurs naturally in this variety. The grapes were hand harvested at optimum maturity. Pure, sublimely crisp and mineral in style, this wine is fresh and elegant with subtle notes of citrus, grapefruit, Golden Delicious apple and white pear. Dry, with a lively palate of crisp, ripe fruits and a charming acidity. A lovely expression of the delicate elegance of the Koshu grapes.