Mukai Shuzō, "Ine Mankai" Junmai Genshu Sake
向井酒造 (MUKAI SHUZŌ)
One of the most unique sake made anywhere. The Ine Mankai from Mukai Shuzo is made with an ancient strain of red rice called Murasaki along with local Kyoto rice Iwai. In Japan, red rice has been cultivated and used for traditional celebrations in provincial villages and towns for centuries, but it is extremely rare to see red rice used in the production of sake.
VINTAGE: NV (bottled 2021)
RICE VARIETY: Murasaki Komachi (red rice) & Kyo no Kagayaki
RICE POLISHING: 70% & 90%
STYLE: Junmai (pure rice sake) Genshu (undiluted)
COLOR: Light red
PRIMARY AROMAS: Cherry, vanilla,
FLAVOR: Sweet/tart cherry, pomegranate, savory, umami rich palate
FORMAT: 720 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
Serve chilled and enjoy as an aperitif or pair with smoked food, vegetable dishes, desserts (dark chocolate), and/or cheese.
Once opened this Mukai 'Ine Mankai' will last well for at least 15 - 20 weeks. It can be kept in a cool place or a refrigerator.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Mukai Kuniko is one of Japan’s first female head brewers. She is a virtuoso at using innovative methods to produce extremely unusual flavors that expand the horizons of sake’s taste range.
ABOUT THE LABEL:
Kuniko went away and began to formulate ideas for this perfectly balanced sake. In early 2000 Kuniko launched her red rice sake and called it 'Ine Mankai' meaning ‘Ine in Full Bloom’ and its well-balanced levels of sweetness & acidity make it perfect for drinking with a wide variety of food