Sempuku (720 ml) Shinriki 85 Kimoto Junmai Muroka Genshu, Hiroshima Prefecture
Item Number: 10891
Sub Region: Hiroshima Prefecture
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Hiroshima Shinriki Rice
Bottle Size: 720 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 19
Sempuku Shinriki Junmai 85 is kimoto muroka genshu brewed using rare Shinriki sake brewing rice milled to 85%.
Shinriki Rice: Shinriki or divine power rice was thought to be extinct since the 1910-20s. In 2006, Sempuku was able to resurrect 5 grams worth of Shiriki rice using less than a handful of seeds it had found in one of its facilities. The rice itself is several times smaller in circumference than modern sake brewing rice, and therefore, milling away only 15% of the outer circumference yields such a bountiful aromatic and flavor profile.
Production Notes: Applying the sake production methods of the 1910s, Shinriki 85 is produced via the kimoto method and is neither charcoal filtered (muroka) nor water-blended (genshu).
Tasting Notes: Sumptuous aromas of warm rice, white currant, dragon fruit, green tea, and wildflower honey. Rich and umami on the palate, biscuit dough, white pepper, and mealy pear flavors coalesce before a ripe, long finish dotted with fruit.
Rice Variety: Hiroshima Shinriki
Sake Meter Value: +5.0
English Name: Brewery of a Thousand Fortunes
Featured in Forbes.com "17 Bottles to Try Right Now" (11/30/2016)
"Sempuku or ‘brewery of a thousand fortunes’ and Shinriki or ‘divine power rice’ combine to make this fascinating brew. Made without charcoal filtration or dilution this sake brings the bold flavors of yesteryear. The rice was thought to be extinct from the 1900s but the brewery was able to bring it back in 2006. The small grain needs less polishing and provides and amazing contrast between floral acidity and earthy richness. Tart notes with balanced umami. Amazing with cheese.”