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Osake Fraser Valley Junmai - Renaissance
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16¾/20

Osake Fraser Valley Junmai - Renaissance NV

Fraser Valley, British Columbia, CanadaArtisan Sake Maker's founder Masa Shiroki never fails to impress. After single handedly changing the sake conversation in Vancouver with the establishment of his small-batch production shop on Granville Island in 2007, he has pushed on, planting sushi rice and making the first sake rice production in Canadian history. Planted in Abbotsford, in the Fraser Valley, the 2016 harvest yielded enough to produce 22,000 bottles of this craft sake (or as Masa calls it, rice wine), as well as 10,000 kg of spray free table rice. Only 100 cases of this was made in 2016. Fresh, sweet hay, sweet meadow herbs, light honeysuckle and hazelnut stream through this Junmai (sake made without spirit). Dominantly herbal, moderately honeyed, with crisp acids rising the sweet cereal base, lingering with fine sea salts and gentle orange/vanilla sweetness. Lovely balance throughout. Sustainable, natural, local, this is a natural with our Oceanwise sushi.Tasted: 12 March 2017Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 15.49 375 BCLS Producer: Artisan SakeMaker Granville IslandDistributors: Winery Direct
Varietal: RiceCSPC: 641720UPC: 626990062028