At the ninja restaurant cafe in Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan I had the opportunity to sample the Chateau Mercian Yamanashi Bailey A Muscat Unfiltered Red Wine and give a wine tasting commentary review of it to camera.
The vintage of the wine was 2006. On the video I didn’t know the grape variety but found out later it was Muscat (which, as there are many varieties of Muscat, means I still don’t really know!)
In Australia the more popular red varietals are big, bold and juicy with peppery, coffee or chocolate notes, whereas the reds regularly served and prized in Japan are sweet, light and more acidic with more strawberry and bitter cherry characteristics – the sort of red served as house wine in Australia. So, for me, I was pretty underwhelmed.
But if you prefer the lighter reds, you’ll love the reds served in Japan.
Wednesday Wine Review 1 – a bit early!