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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Mantensei Star-Filled Sky Sake (300ML)
Mantensei Star-Filled Sky Sake (300ML)
(search item no. 92031)
screw cap wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Soft, honey-laced nose with just a tad of fruitiness. Dry overall, but with a sweet element creeping out of the background. Good richness and overall balance in a slightly dry profile.

The Tottori Prefecture where Mantensei is located is one of the least populated regions of Japan - mountains, oceans and wooded areas vie for space with people in the minority. The clean air and the cold winters make it ideal for saké brewing.

My Notes:

About Mantensei:

Mantensei is brand brewed by Suwa Izumi. Our kura was founded in 1859. The name Suwa Izumi was taken from a local Shinto shrine, Suwa Jinja. The shrine itself has been in existence since 1278, and is a famous local attraction. Tottori Prefecture, where we are located , is one of the least populated regions of Japan, and undoubtedly has some of the most beautiful nature. Mountains, oceans and wooded areas vie for space, with people in the minority. The clean air and the cold winters make it ideal for sake brewing. Located about two hours outside of Osaka by express train, there are only 23 sake breweries still remaining in the prefecture.

The Sake
Overall our sake is dry, and wonderfully approachable as a result of the water from which it is brewed. Our water is extremely soft, but it ferments well at low temperatures. So we make our sake with long, low-temperature fermentation, which allows a gentle ginjo fragrance, and a fresh lively flavor to develop. Also, as we know koji is where good sake begins, we do it our own way, which is to make the koji at a slightly higher temperature than usual. This helps give our sake a clean and pleasant finish.

Our sake, in particular our Daiginjo Ottori, has its fans from all over Japan. We have won nine gold awards in the national New Sake Tasting competitions and 12 similar awards within Tottori.