2017 Grace Wine, Akeno
ORIGIN: Yamanashi, Japan
GRAPE: 56% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot
Aiming for a wine that provides a glimpse of the place where it is from, we have decided to combine the three second wines “Grace Merlot”, “Grace Cabernet Sauvignon” and “Grace Cabernet Franc”, whose varieties are listed on the front label, into a single wine from the 2017 vintage. This new wine is “Akeno”, the name reflects our cherishment for the place where it is from.
After rigorous selection in the vineyard and the winery, small lots were selected and vinified separately with scrupulous attention to details as well as gentle extraction. Each variety or lot was matured in French oak barrels and bottled without clarification or filtration.
In 2017, there was very little rain during early summer and the rainy season, bringing positive effects on flowering and fruiting, leading to natural yield restriction, showing early signs for a great vintage. The blue summer sky spreaded in August, and temperature differences between day and night exceeded 20 degrees in September. Although there were two typhoons in October, accumulation of the positive effects due to the fine weather, and the nailing of the optimal maturity, followed by harvesting at the right time yielded an ideal vintage that expresses the “2017-ness” vintage characteristics. By lowering the ratio of new barrels, they produced a wine full of varietal characteristics and a sense of place.
Tasting Notes: Bright ruby, moderately high viscosity. Pronounced aromas of ripeness black currant and black cherry, earth, black pepper, licorice, cedar, bitter chocolate, and toastiness. A hint of animal note. Mellow on the palate, dry, concentrated savouriness, rich fruit character and elegant acidity, with refined tannins giving an overall polished impression. Moderately long finish, firm structure with power.
Food Recommendation: Wagyu steaks, smoked meats, grilled fish.