121cm 2022

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Domaine Murayama
Tomi, Nagano

Grapes: Kyoho 66%, Chardonnay 34%
Type: Rosé sparkling
Style: Dry, light-bodied
Colour: Deep pink
Alcohol: 10%
Wild yeast: Yes
Any added sulphites: No 
Filtered: No
Serving temperature: 5-8°C
Production: 456 bottles
Please store in a cool, dark place.

Chill the bottle thoroughly in an upright position before opening. May spill at high temperatures.

Tasting notes
Cranberry, young melon and a bit of gunflint aroma can be found. Fruity and funky. Intense flavour of blood orange, strawberry and melon. Gentle acidity makes it easy to drink.

Food pairing
Har gouw (steamed prawn dumplings), Thai fried fish cake, cod liver and radish in Ponzu, Sichuan-style Mapo Dofu, Thai stir-fried minced pork with Thai Basil, cold pasta salad with prawns and tomatoes, fresh spring roll

The grapes from their own vineyard were destemmed manually and vinified in carbonic maceration for 5 days. After starting fermentation, the grapes were crushed by foot and fermented slowly with wild yeasts at low temperature for two weeks. Chardonnay, purchased from a farmer located nearby, was then pressed in whole bunches and combined to the Kyoho. After that unfermented grape juice was added (Süssreserve) and bottled. This is a Petillant Naturel containing nothing but grapes. For this year, the wine was made by blending a 2:1 ratio of Kyoho to Chardonnay. Immediately after release in February 2023, there was some light sweetness, just enough to make it swish on the tongue, but after a few months it became a dry petillant. The label is designed each year by winemaker Koki Murayama's daughter. The name of this vintage, '121 cm', is her height at the time he made the wine.

Domaine Murayama is located in Tomi, Nagano, which is considered an ideal environment for viticulture. Compared to other regions in Japan, it has very little rainfall and a large temperature difference between day and night. South-facing slopes at an altitude of approximately 600 metres. The winery has 1.2 ha of its own vineyard on a mixture of volcanic soil and strong clay. The winery grows mainly grapes, but also vegetables and rice, manually as much as possible and keeping the vineyards as healthy as possible.