Pinot Noir 2019 COCO TOARU series

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COCO FARM & WINERY (Vinified by 10R Winery in Hokkaido)
Ashikaga, Tochigi

Grapes: Pinot Noir 100% (from Hokkaido)
Type: Red
Style: Dry, medium-bodied
Colour: Pale ruby
Alcohol: 14.0%
Wild yeast: Yes
Any added sulphites: 30 ppm 
Filtered: No
Serving temperature: 13-15°C
Production: 4,086 bottles
Please store in a cool, dark place.

Tasting notes
Aromas of red fruits, like raspberry and red cherry, orange peel, toasted bread, nutmeg and liquorice. Rich and rounded taste from ageing. Balanced by crisp acidity and gentle tannins. Long finish with orange peel and red berries.

Food pairing
Salad with bacon and rocket, mushroom roasted in foil, risotto with Porcini mushroom, simmered conger eel, soy-marinated tuna sashimi, roasted duck breast with orange sauce, Samgyeopsal, Japanese Mille-Feuille hot pot, Japanese rice dumplings with sweet soy glaze, simmered thick fried tofu with minced pork

95% hand destemmed and 5% whole bunch grapes were lightly crushed, fermented with wild yeasts at moderate temperatures for three weeks. Then gently pressed and matured for 16 months in old oak barrels. The wine was vinified with nothing added except a small amount of sulphite at bottling, and the use of filtration equipment was avoided. Until 2024, the wine will continue to be fresh and fruity, and from 2025 onwards, its fruity aroma will settle down and its flavour and concentration will increase as it matures.

COCO TOARU series is a series of wines made by Bruce Gutlove, winemaker of 10R (“TOARU” in Japanese reading) Winery in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido and director of COCO FARM & WINERY, from grapes in Hokkaido with natural flavours of the right variety in the right place. The wines are vinified at the 10R Winery.

The Pinot Noir of COCO TOARU series started from a newly planted vineyard in Yoichi, Hokkaido. The growers are the Kimura family, who have been growing Pinot Noir for longer than anyone else in Japan. COCO FARM & WINERY has known this family for a long time and respects their dedication to growing high quality Pinot Noir. The family's new vineyard is on a steep slope facing the West on red clay loam soil, where the vines are lovingly cared for and produce moderate quantities of well-ripened Pinot Noir.