Another exciting and expressive sake from Uehara Shuzo. This usunigori is lightly cloudy as a small amount of the lees is left in at bottling, lending texture and richness. The flavor is fruit-forward, with notes of cantaloupe, honeydew, pear, and lime. There is a pronounced acidity and bit of creaminess that makes us dream of frozen yogurt on a hot day. Treat this sake like a bottle of sparkling wine or rosé and drink it chilled with good company.
Junmai Ginjo Yamahai Nigori Namagenshu
About the producer
Uehara Shuzo was founded in 1862 and is today run by 7th generation brewer Isao Uehara. Located on the northwest side of Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa, this area is renowned for the quality of its spring water - a crucial ingredient to great sake. Uehara Shuzo uses locally grown rice and ferments their sake naturally without cultivated yeasts in traditional wooden casks rather than modern temperature controlled tanks. They press finished sake slowly over the course of several days using the ancient Tenbin Shibori method of lowering a large wood beam with a heavy stone. Their sakes are all pure rice, unfiltered, unfined, undiluted, and unpasteurized for a transparent, authentic expression of their talent.