2019 Fattoria al Fiore ORO Chardonnay14735
WINEMAKER: Hirotaka & Reina Meguro
REGION: Miyagi, JP
You heard that right. 100% Chardonnay, a first from Fattoria Al Fiore. This is the first vintage of this cuvee with the following set to arrive in the next shipment. A unique take on Chardonnay as you would expect. Succulent and rich with notes yuzu, stone fruits, and honey. Medium body with a juicy acid line.
Nestled at the foot of the Zao Federation mountain range in Kawasaki Town, Miyagi is Fattoria al Fiore, a winery that sits housed within a former school gymnasium. Established in 2015 by Hirotaka and Reina Meguro, the old basketball court now plays home to a sea of amphora filled with the likes of Koshu, Delaware, and Muscat A Baily. Al Fiore meaning ‘single flower’ in Japanese is named after Hirotaka’s former restaurant. The winery is operated by Hirotaka and his wife Reina supported by a small team who produce around 15,000 bottles per year.
Their wines are made up of both vinifera and labrusca grapes, commonly known as hybrid / table grapes. Varieties include Delaware, Steuben, and Niagara which bring an alluring perfume of ripe fruits and flowers unlike no other. They are extremely delicate wines, matching perfectly with the subtle flavours of Japanese cuisine.