ECHIGO-YUZAWA TOWN, NIIGATA PREFECTURE – BREWER: SHINGO YAMAGUCHI – FOUNDED 1855
Shirataki Sake Brewery is based in Echigo Yuzawa Town, Niigata Prefecture, an area renowned for its heavy snowfall. In spring the snow melts to provide an abundance of clear natural mineral water a prime ingredient for sake, which consists of 85% water. The molten snow passes though a coal seam when running downhill from mountain peaks: thus a natural charcoal filtration process further accentuates the taste and quality of the water.
The other main ingredient for sake is rice: the abundance of clear natural water provides irrigation for rice-paddies – creating the best quality ingredients for sake. Echigo Yuzawa is home to “Koshihikari” the most famous, high-quality rice brand in Japan.
This combination of clear natural water and top quality rice means that Shirataki Sake Brewery is based in the best location in Japan for the production of sake.
Minatoya Tosuke had the idea of making sake from the pristine clear water of the Yuzawa area. This dream was fulfilled in 1855 with the establishment of Shirataki Sake Brewery. This belief in using locally sourced, finest quality ingredients in the production of sake has been passed down through seven generations
NAMAZAKE NO JOZEN MIZUNO GOTOSHI JUNMAI GINJO
This unpasteurized sake is exciting and lively with a nose full of citrus, apple blossom and shizo. The palate is equally as bold featuring fresh persimmons, marshmallow and slightly underipe stone fruit. The finish is clean showing soft minerality.
Hiyaoroshi is symbolic of the change of seasons, especially brewed to be released in the Fall. Forward, fresh and fruity in the nose with notes of sweet melon, cherry and hints of applesauce, lily and vanilla. On the palate this sake is off dry, medium bodied and rich with flavors of red plum, star anise, winter squash and notes of wet rock, accented by medium acidity, and a lingering dry finish. This sake is once pasteurized and stored for 8 months before the annual fall release.
GENSHU NO JOZEN MIZUNO GOTOSHI JUNMAI DAIGINJO
This beautiful, seasonal Genshu is powerfully aromatic and flavorful on the palate. These fresh and lively flavors are the result of pressing without the dilution of additional water. Classically Jozen in style with elegance and influenced by the soft snow texture of the famous water of that region.
NIGORI NO JOZEN MIZUNO GOTOSHI JUNMAI GINJO
This inviting unfiltered sake has a rich even chewy texture full of melon, ripe pear, cotton candy and an intriguing mid palate that features mint and soft minerals that settles in a dry finish.
Made of Yamadanishiki rice, polished to only 80%, and aged for 2 years, this sake reflects its name “Noujun” meaning rich. Dry and lean in the nose with hints of celery, pear puree and anise. On the palate, this junmai is soft and creamy with rich, savory flavors of mocha, hazelnut, spicy vanilla, ending with crisp acidity.