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Brewery
Obata Shuzō
Japanese name
尾畑酒造(株)
Sake type
Daiginjō
Prefecture
Niigata (新潟)
Rice type
Yamada Nishiki (山田錦)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
35%
Alcohol content
16%
SMV
0 to +3
Acidity
1.0-1.2
Amino acid level
0.7-0.9
Manotsuru Maho (山田錦磨35大吟醸 真野鶴・万穂) is a daiginjō made of Yamada-Nishiki rice polished down to 35%. It has won the Gold medal at National New Sake Awards 2019 and at the International Wine Challenge (2015) and countless other Japanese gold awards since 2001.

The brewery describes its nose of great richness with a fragrance of peach, matured fruits and cotton candy. Elegant entry, mild and racy, ending in a lingering finish. It is generally recommended to drink premium daiginjō chilled, around 15 degrees and to drink it from wine glasses to feel its mellow and layered taste even more. It is a protagonist liquor that doesn't require cooking, but it is perfectly paired with creamy rich dishes.

This product is registered in the sake list for diplomatic missions abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

About the Brewery

Obata Shuzō was founded by Obata Yosozaku in 1885 on the island of Sado off the coast of Niigata. With its world-famous rice and pure, soft groundwater, Sado is an ideal place for sake production. The kura is still owned and managed by the Obata family. The toji (master brewer) is Kudō Kenya (工藤賢也), born 1971, who apprenticed under Maho Matsui, another famed toji. For more than ten decades, Obata Shuzō's brewers have spent the whole brewing season in winter at the brewery to take care of sake throughout the day and brewed traditionally handcrafted sake. Since 2009, the brewery has been devoting its efforts to produce premium sake (特定名称酒 tokutei meishō-shu) in order to create higher quality sake.

In 2003, Obata Shuzō started to export to 15 countries including the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, and it is also installed in Air France's first-class and JR East "Shikishima". Manotsuru has been receiving gold medals at the National New Sake Awards for six consecutive years, as well as the world-renowned International Wine Challenge (IWC).

The Obata family crest consists of four diamonds which represent the three elements crucial in sake brewing: rice, water and humans; in addition, the brewery also takes climate and nature (terroir) into account. Its motto is shihōwajō (四宝和醸) which translates to "brewing well-balanced sake by harmonising the principles of the four diamonds."
Address
449, Manoshinmachi, Sado City, Niigata 952-0318
Phone
0259-553-171
Website

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The pride of sake
Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Very clear
Intensity
Moderate
A sublime fruity nose with hints of mango, strawberry, pineapple, and melon. Velvety, slightly heavy body, and a sweet, fruity palate with honey and citrus touch. A little spicy finish. Tastes like luxury and deserving the countless gold awards it has raked in. Not the cheapest, naturally.
Would recommend this item?
Yes

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Rating
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Location
449, Manoshinmachi, Sado, Niigata 952-0318

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