Dewazakura Sake Brewery was established in 1892, in Tendo City, Yamagata Prefecture, a small town 300km north of Tokyo. Situated in the Yamagata Basin and surrounded by high mountains, Tendo is hot in summer, yet can receive considerable snowfall in winter. Dewazakura has played a significant role in Yamagata, developing rices suited to the region and a special yeast to suit the climate. The commitment to use these rices and yeasts is represented by the ‘GI Yamagata’ symbol proudly displayed on the bottles. The brewery is considered one of the industry leaders in innovation.
DEWAZAKURA TOKUBETSU JUNMAI (180ml, A$15) Plenty of rice character with fruits and citrus fragrant. Dryer style with umami and Brazil nut character and a long finish. Great with grilled meats and seafoods.
DEWAZAKURA DEWANOSATO JUNMAI (720ml, A$63) Fruity and aromatic, with peach, melon and green herbs. Light-to-medium-bodied, steamed rice characters and a hint of cinnamon. Goes well with tempura, roast beef, okonomiyaki, tonkatsu, deep fried tofu dish.
DEWAZAKURA DEWASANSAN JUNMAI GINJO (300ml, A$28) A very soft and full flavoured sake. Zingy acidity and a clean, fresh finish. Pair with fish tempura, fried tofu or tonkatsu.
DEWAZAKURA YUKI MEGAMI JUNMAI DAIGINJO (720ml, A$81) Fresh tropical fruits with a hint of yeast on the nose. The palate shows a soft creamy texture with lots of fruit tone, yoghurt and clean acidity. Long, clean finish. Try with light cheese or fish carpaccio.
Japanese sake, whisky, gin, umeshu and yuzushu are available to purchase at Dan Murphy’s, BWS, Qantas Wine and at local wine retailers.