Tenzan Sake Brewery is in Saga prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu and is owned by the Shichida family. The current owner is the sixth generation at the helm. The warmer climate in Kyushu means different sake-making techniques are used compared to their northern counterparts in cooler climates. Established in 1875, the brewery sits alongside the clear Gion River, which flows from the Tenzan mountain ranges. It is one of Japan’s most prominent rivers for Genji fireflies – proof of how pure and clean the water is!
The brewery has been growing its own rice since 1998 and uses 90% local Saga rice for their sake. The philosophy is “to integrate new whilst being eternal”, and the family respects the graceful nature of the area and its tradition, while taking innovative and modern approach to their brewing.
Shichida’s house style is juicy and full-flavoured with good structure. The brewery does not use charcoal filtration for the sake, so lots of flavour remains.
As a part of Deja Vu Sake Co.’s sponsorship with Court of Master Sommelier Oceania, Shichida Junmai Ginjo is used in the 2021 and 2022 programs.
SHICHIDA JUNMAI GINJO (A$70/720ml) has beautiful stone fruit aromas of peach and apricot. Medium-bodied with a steamed rice character, clean acidity, umami and a long finish. Perfect with deep fried tofu, grilled eel, cream-based soups, miso-based soups, roasted chicken and grilled steak.
Japanese sake, whisky, gin, umeshu and yuzushu are available to purchase at Dan Murphy’s, BWS, Qantas Wine and at local wine retailers.