2019 Grace Wine Akeno Misawa Vineyard Red

Highly Rated
Delicate and detailed Merlot Cabernet blend from Japan's most exquisite producer.

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Grace is the winery name but the word epitomises the beautiful wines that come from Yamanashi province about 90 mins drive west of Tokyo - this is the home of Japanese viticulture, and Grace is the pinnacle.

After releasing several different varietal wines, Ayana Misawa decided from 2017 to release one simple red from the Akeno Vineyard, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It's anything but simple though.

More Bordeaux than Bordeaux? It's pure cassis, subtle minerality, a caress of tannin and has superb length. The opposite of a bruising tannic, oaky Cabernet, with a leaner fruit profile.

Astonishingly beautiful wine.

Aiming for a wine that provides a glimpse of the place where it is from, we have decided to combine the three second wines “Grace Merlot”, “Grace Cabernet Sauvignon” and “Grace Cabernet Franc”, whose varieties are listed on the front label, into a single wine from the 2017 vintage.

This new wine is “Akeno”, the name reflects our cherishment for the place where it is from.

After rigorous selection in the vineyard and the winery, small lots were selected and vinified separately with scrupulous attention to details as well as gentle extraction. Each variety or lot was matured in French oak barrels and bottled without clarification or filtration.

95 Points - "Misawa Vineyard, Akeno. 44% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc.

There’s such detail, delicacy and perfume here, which I find so appealing; a light but sure touch. Blackcurrant, raspberry, violet and cedar, a little spice and fern and green tea-like fragrance. It’s light to medium-bodied, fresh and ‘mineral’, light fine tannin, crisp and quite stony. So precise, redcurrant and subtle green notes, and a fine long finish of excellent length. Mouth-watering and delightful. Love this wine." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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