Harushika Junmai Ginjo Namazake "Shiboribana"

Harushika Junmai Ginjo Namazake "Shiboribana"

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A gorgeous aromatic sake with high floral notes: honeysuckle, wildflower honey, and wisteria. Juicy, fruity palate comes through-- watermelon, juicy green melon, rainier cherry, greengage plum-- while deep, clean umami notes of fresh silken tofu, matcha, & almond milk carry a charming finish. The texture is lightly fizzy, silky, but also gently weighted with a rich core of umami. It seems a little sweet and fruity at first sip, but finishes dry.

The name Shiboribana is a double entendre, referring to flowers (one word for which is shiboribana) as well as alluding to shiboritate, which is fresh-pressed sake. The brewery name Harushika consists of the kanji for Spring as well as the kanji for deer (which, according to legend, were rode by ancient Nara lords) who roam freely in Nara cities and are about as docile and friendly as you could hope for. 

 

Brewery: Imanishi Seibee Shoten
Location: Nara Prefecture
Rice: Fukunohana (Hyogo)
Rice Polish: 60%
Yeast: Harushika House #7 (proprietary)
SMV: -1
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 16%

Pairs lovely with feta cheese, which emphasizes the sweet fruit. Would be just fabulous with a fruit, herb and feta salad: strawberries, watermelon, grilled peaches, fennel fronds and mint. Floral peppers like sansho, shichimi togarashi, and fresh ground white or pink peppercorns dusted on carpaccio with lemon and a little herb salad. Or a nice big bowl of fresh guacamole with lots of herbs and tons of lime.

But honestly? The balance of this one is so good, I think it would pair beautifully with just about anything. Tacos, pizza (especially with arugula on top), cured meats, a fresh pasta with ricotta and spring greens...you name it.