Dela-King 2021

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Shimanouchi Fujimaru Winery
Chuo-ku, Osaka

Grapes: Delaware (From Yamagata)
Type: White
Style: Dry, light-bodied
Colour: Pale yellow
Alcohol: 12%
Wild yeast: Yes
Any added sulphites: 20 ppm 
Filtered: No
Serving temperature: 5-8°C
Production: 1,710 bottles
Please store in a cool, dark place.

Tasting notes
Sweet candy-like aroma, green apple, lemon, a bit of savouriness. Also pineapple aroma can be found after a few days. Bitterness of grapefruit in flavour. Pleasant acidity, juicy. Recommended to drink it well chilled.

Food pairing
Salted grilled fish, grilled fish marinated in miso, spicy cod roe pasta, salted Yakitori with Yuzukosho, Oden with Japanese mustard, steamed bun with minced pork filling, Sushi, Kaki no Tane (Japanese snack, rice crackers with peanuts), pork Shabu Shabu salad with pickled Ume plum

Made from Delaware grapes from Okitama in Yamagata. The whole bunches are pressed and spontaneously fermented at low temperature, then matured in stainless steel tanks for seven months. The taste is like biting into a juicy, fresh apple with plenty of juice, with a mild, penetrating acidity and a slight bitterness accenting the slightly crisp, clean type. When cooled, it is easy to drink. This wine was produced with the hope that it will be enjoyed casually at the table every day.

The Dela King has been produced since the 2014 vintage and has become one of their signature cuvées. Yamagata ranks first in Japan in terms of Delaware cultivation and is also top class in terms of quality. The rich nature of the Okitama region, where the Mogami River flows through a basin surrounded by mountains, produces high quality Delaware due to the lots of sunshine, large temperature differences and less rainfall during the ripening period. The wine is made by squeezing the grapes of the region, which can truly be called the “Delaware Kingdom”.