Ben says

★★★ Outstanding Wine I’ve always been a fan of Ayana Misawa’s Koshu wines since I first tasted them early in my wine trade career, so perhaps I had a predetermined bias as I went to taste the 2022 vintage. Nevertheless, Misawa’s Koshu has always stood out for its ability to balance the delicate aroma and light bodied palate with its enduring length and complexity. Refined layers of pink grapefruit, yuzu, pithy lemon and fresh herbs sit and play and tingle in your mouth. It has a real affinity in pairing with food and a satisfaction when it is savoured that might be missed if you’re tempted to swallow it generously rather than sip it carefully. This is a wine worth sipping.

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Varietal Koshu with 11.5% abv.

Grown in: Yamanashi, JAPAN.

Food Pairing

Try this wine with a lime-cured salmon ceviche and it’ll knock your socks off. if you don’t eat fish go for a fresh kohlrabi salad and goat’s cheese.

Disclosure & Price

Tasted at the Hallgarten portfolio tasting. Find in the UK for circa £19.95 at Strictly Wine.

Reviewed and tasted: 20/02/2024

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Grace Winery was established in 1923 and has become synonymous on the export market with some of the finest Koshu wines of Japan. The current generation winemaker is Ayana Misawa, who continues her father Shigekazu Misawa’s philosophy that great wine is made in the vineyard. Grace Winery was the first Japanese winery to use the European method of Vertical Shoot Positioning in the vineyard.