2017 Grace Wine Cuvee Misawa Red

Katsunuma, Japan

Elegant, toned blend of Bordeaux varieties, a Japanese claret of class and distinction.



So distinctive and fine. Beautiful and different.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Grace's home vineyard in Akeno is called Misawa, after the family name. It is planted to numerous grapes, but the Bordeaux varieties take centre stage for reds. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the backbone of this glidingly beautiful release.

Lifted cedar and black fruit flavours dominate but this is not a heavy-oak red. It is a long, elegant, fine-boned wine, which after some years is starting to reach the perfect drinking plateau.

Deeply satisfying wine that will unfurl and improve over the next decade but is frankly delicious now.

About Grace Vineyard

Grace Wine was founded by Chotaro Misawa in the Katsunuma village in 1923.

Today, the wines are made by his great, great granddaughter, Ayana, who has worked in top wineries from Australia to France in an effort to increase her wine knowledge and bring a higher level of expertise to her family's winery.

Grace implements a more progressive viticultural program than is the norm in Japan, which has made them the benchmark for quality in the small Japanese winemaking community. These are elegant wines that speak quietly and beautifully of a culture that is just coming of age on the world stage for wine.

Winemaker Ayana Misawa
Winemaker Ayana Misawa
Katsunuma, Japan
Additional Info

From The Producer

While I was still a student, the 1999 harvest was deeply engraved in my heart. Before establishing our vineyard in Akeno, my father said to me during the harvest at Toriibira Vineyard, “If you hesitate, throw them all away,” and that year we only produced one barrel of Merlot.

“Cuvée Misawa” is an uncompromising wine, not because it is part of my family business, but it is also the symbolic wine I have always admired and longed to devote myself on with all my heart, when I vowed to become a winemaker.

Blend : Merlot (53%), Cabernet Franc (23%), Cabernet Sauvignon (12%), Petit Verdot (12%)
ABV : 13.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Ayana in the vineyard
Ayana in the vineyard
Katsunuma, Japan
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Blackcurrant pastille, blueberry, lead pencil, white flower and semi-dried tomato. Medium-bodied, quite savoury with that ripe tomato and nori character, but also pomegranate crispness, and raspberry. It’s calm, composed, distinctly ‘mineral’, with gentle crushed rock tannin character, and sweet and sour black fruits on a long fresh finish. So distinctive and fine. Beautiful and different." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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