Huchu Homare Brewery Watari Bune Junmai Ginjo 55 -- 府中誉株式会社渡舟「濾過前55」純米吟醸 - 720ml

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International Wine Challenge Silver Medal - January 16, 2017

Tasting Notes

Overall lively and bright, fruity with some funky aromas and flavors. Over-ripe musk melon on palate, bright white peach in finish.

Watari Bune is the name of the rice used to make this sake. The brewery revived this rice strain in the 1990’s after it had been extinct for sixty years. It took them three years before they had enough rice to brew their first batch of sake. It is now a cult favorite among sake aficionados, known for its unique flavor profile which balances nutty notes with abundant ripe fruit, bright acidity and finishes with a delicate effervescence.

Brewery Description

Huchu Homare, established in 1845, is located in the old capitol of Ibaraki, which is known for its soft, iron-free water. Using this water and inspiration from the surrounding region, the brewers at Huchu Homare craft highly acclaimed sake born from Watari Bune rice. This rice is harder to grow but helped the brewery win two gold medals at sake competitions. The sake created at this brewery is an honorable representation of what the region has to offer.  

  • Huchu Homare means “Pride of Huchu” - to celebrate the history of the town of Ishioka and its water

Additional Information

Classification: Junmai Ginjo

Prefecture: Ibaraki

Polishing Ratio: 55%

Sake Meter Value: +3

Acidity: 1.1

Rice: Watari Bune

Yeast: Association #9

Pressing: Yabuta

ABV: 16%

Size: 720 ml