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2016 Fujimaru 'MC Ni Opnner' Niagara
Fujimaru Wineries is the project of Satoshi Fujimaru, a leading retailer and distributor of natural wine in Japan. He has two "urban wineries", one in the centre of Osaka near the old food markets, and one in a warehouse district in Tokyo. The wineries are setup with the idea being that the grapes should be sourced from as close as possible. Just like Everyday, the wines there are sold in bottle and on tap. They also have a wine bar/restaurant above each winery too!
MC Ni Oppner is a 'maceration carbonique' wine, that is the grapes have undergone carbonic maceration, or intra-cellular fermentation, similar to that of Beaujolais (but in red wine). In essence it's a whole berry ferment, where the grapes undergo fermentation prior to being pressed. It produces heightened aromatics with little to no tannin/extraction. In this case, the wine is made from Niagara, a variety of the grape species called Vitis Labrusca, is most commonly found in Japan for both table grape and wine grape production. Fresh, ‘grapey’ aromas with a fine, delicate palate of lemon/lime/grapefruit citrus. Complex, layered, incredibly flavoursome! Just 12 bottles of this wine imported into NZ.