MANOTSURU "MAHO" DAIGINJO
This perennial gold medal winning Daiginjo has clean and fresh aromas,
with notes of anise. Peppery on the palate with juicy ripe melon and
good acidity and length. Best served mildly cool. It goes well with rich
dishes such as cream sauce as well as with a wide range of appetizers
and fish dishes, including whitefish and fresh oysters.
Grade: Daiginjo (ultra-premium sake)
Region: Sado Island, Niigata
Nihonshu-do: +1 to +3 (slightly sweet)
Seimaibuai: 35% (65% of the rice milled away)
Rice: Yamada - Nishiki
Reviews & Awards:
National New Sake Awards Japan:
2001-2006, 2008, 2013-2014: Gold Medal
International Wine Challenge:
2007, 2015: Gold Medal
Fine Sake Awards Japan:
2012: Gold Medal
About the Brewery
Obata Shuzo has been hand-making boutique premium sake since its founding in 1892, using pure, soft groundwater and world-famous sake rice. The kura (brewery) is still owned and managed by the Obata family. The toji (master brewer) is the acclaimed Kenya Kudo.
The Obata family crest is Four Diamonds. These represent the three elements that are commonly held to be crucial in sake brewing: "Rice," "Water" and "Humans" (Brewers). In addition to the aforementioned three, the brewery takes into account the importance of "Climate and Nature" (Terroir). Their motto is to brew sake where the "four treasures" may work harmoniously to produce a well balanced product.
About the Region
Obata Shuzo is located on Sado Island in the Niigata prefecture of Japan. Niigata is famed for its jizake, or unique, “micro-brewed” sakes with character. Niigata is considered by many to be the best place in the world to find high quality sake. The toji in Niigata use highly polished rice and exacting filtering techniques to create a distinctive style. They are aided by the cold climate and the isolation of the mountains, as well as good regional rice and pure mountain water. (Source: The Sake Companion).
Sado Island has been in the forefront of wildlife and nature conservation. Particularly, they have concentrated their efforts on conserving the Japanese Crested Ibis (Toki in Japanese). An island that is kind to the Ibis is kind to humans as well, creating a safe atmosphere for living. Such an atmosphere yields positive results to every process of sake brewing.