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Hakutsuru Junmai Ginjō Shoun

Made of Hakutsuru Nishiki rice, this Junmai Ginjō has a fruity aroma, reminiscent of apples and melons, with a mellow sweetness, refreshing acidity and a full-bodied taste.

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Sake specs

Prefecture
Hyōgo (兵庫)
Rice type
Hakutsuru Nishiki (白鶴錦)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
55%
Alcohol content
15-16%
SMV
+1
Acidity
1.6
Amino acid level
1.2
Hakutsuru Junmai Ginjō Shoun

The Shoun (白鶴 翔雲 白鶴錦) is a Junmai Ginjō made of 100% Hakutsuru Nishiki rice, carefully cultivated in the rich soil of Hyōgo, using 270 years of traditional techniques and the latest technology. Hakutsuru Nishiki is a breed of sake rice that the brewery has developed over more than ten years. It has a fruity aroma, reminiscent of apples and melons, with a mellow sweetness, refreshing acidity and a full-bodied taste. The aftertaste has a fruitiness and a gentle aroma, like bitter chocolate.

Best drinking temperature: 5 - 10°C

Suggested food pairings:
  • Steamed matsutake mushroom in a Dobin pot
  • Grilled hairy crab
  • Flounder Meunière with lemon butter sauce
  • Aquapazza of sea bream


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Hakutsuru Brewery Museum

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (白鶴酒造資料館)

About the brewery

Brewery
Hakutsuru Shuzō
Name in Japanese
白鶴酒造
Address
4-5-5 Sumiyoshi Minamimachi, Higashinada, Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture 658-0041
Phone
078-822-8901
Website
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Hakutsuru Brewery is located in the Nada area of Kobe, Hyōgo. Nada is blessed with underground water rich in minerals and great rice from the Rokkō mountains; it is one of the major sake areas in Japan. Hakutsuru (白鶴, "White Crane") was founded in 1743 by Kanō Jihei (嘉納 治兵衛), a lumber dealer who started using the iconic brand in 1747.

In the 19th century, the brewery expanded fast, opening its first store in Ōsaka in 1869. The brewery participated in the Paris World Exhibition of 1900, featuring its pre-packaged glass bottles displaying labels designed for the event. Until 1918, Hakutsuru expanded fast, opening branches in Dalian, Tsingtao, Tōkyō, and Kobe. In 1927, Showa Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. (昭和酒造株式会社) was founded, and seven years later, the Hakutsuru Brewery Museum (白鶴美術館) was inaugurated.

During the final days of the war, 90 per cent of the brewery facilities were destroyed in air raids, and the company lost all its overseas assets. In 1947, the company was re-established under the name "Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Co. Ltd." (白鶴酒造株式会社). In 1982, the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (白鶴酒造資料館) was reopened in the old main storehouse on the compound of the brewery but relocated once again after the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. In the late 1990s, Hakutsuru established Hakutsuru Sake of America Inc. and registered a newly developed rice variety, "Hakutsuru Nishiki" (白鶴錦).

Today, Hakutsuru is one of the world's biggest and most thriving sake breweries.


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Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
The Shoun Junmai Ginjo is made of Hakutsurunishiki, a rice variety developed by Hakutsuru. The Shoun has a subtle aroma of rice and a gentle sweetness. Its ginjo character is not overwhelming, leaving enough room for its fruity nose reminiscent of granny smith and melons. It is pretty dry, but the fruity taste leaves a distinct sweet note on the palate: light and refreshing aftertaste and a crisp finish with moderate acidity.
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Category
Junmai Ginjō
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Rating
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Location
〒658-0041 兵庫県神戸市東灘区住吉南町4丁目5-5

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