Pino Fan Blanc 19-20

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Domaine Hase
Takayama Village, Nagano

Grapes: Chardonnay 75%, Pinot Gris 15%, Pinot Blanc 10%
Type: White
Style: Dry, full-bodied
Colour: Deep gold
Alcohol: 12%
Wild yeast: Yes
Any added sulphites: 15 ppm 
Filtered: No
Serving temperature: 10-13°C
Production: 1,200 bottles 
Please store in a cool, dark place.

Tasting notes
Fresh but full taste. Balanced by high acidity comes from the 2020 vintage. Tropical fruits such as pineapple and yellow peach. A hint of bread dough can also be found. Complex flavours of Japanese citrus fruit, hazelnut, mineral and saltiness. Tastes like port wine when the temperature rises.

Food pairing
Sweet and sour pork, Xiaolongbao (Chinese soup dumpling), Chinese hot and sour soup, chicken tender marinated with salt and lemon, chicken cutlets in tomato sauce, goat cheese

The wine was made from Chardonnay (eight clones), Pinot Gris (three clones), Pinot Blanc (two clones) and Pinot Noir (five clones), planted mixed in their vineyards and grown without any chemical pesticides or herbicides. After skin contact, pressing and transfer to barrels, spontaneous fermentation (about one month), spontaneous lactic acid fermentation and maturation were completed in the same barrels. The 2019 and 2020 cuvées were blended before bottling. The original plan was to release each in a single vintage, but due to the severe weather conditions in 2021, it was decided to blend them with the previous year's cuvée.

This wine was made exclusively from grapes from the highest potential vineyard in their own vineyard. The vineyard is 800 metres above sea level on an east-facing slope. The soil is volcanic ash soil (andosols), with a surface deposit of approximately 70-80 cm of pitch-black humus, formed from plant and animal remains decomposed by microorganisms over tens of thousands of years. The soil has a very complex microbiological environment and good drainage due to the land and environmental memory and nutrients accumulated over the years. It is said to give the wines a soft but very delicate nuance. The name 'Pino fan' is a word that combines the meaning of Pinot clone (Fin) and Mitsuhiro Hase, the winemaker, being a big fan of the Pinot family himself (Fan).