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Congratulations to the winners of the International Wine Challenge 2015!

The International Wine Challenge, also known as the IWC, is the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition, and it is in its 32nd year. Each medal-winning wine is tasted blind on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges, for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage.

Inter Rice Asia would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all winners of IWC, especially to the Japanese brewers who has worked hard along side with us over the years.

おめでとうございます!

GOLD WINNER

Manotsuru Maho Daiginjo - Buy it now
Produced by: Obata Shuzo Co Ltd
From Niigata , Japan
Category: Ginjo Daiginjo

Tasting Notes: Very complex yet easy sake with hints of fruit. Passion fruit, pear, pineapple, melon. Delicate, elegant. Honey, round taste. Elegant wishful finish.
Alcohol level: 16.5%

Isojiman Daiginjo
Produced by: ISOJIMAN Premium Sake Brewery Co Ltd
From Shizuoka , Japan
Category: Ginjo Daiginjo

Tasting Notes: Fresh, light and very elegant fragrance. Delicate and clean. Banana with great acidity and hints of minerality. Well balanced with a lingering after taste.
Alcohol level: 16.0%

 

SILVER WINNERS

Hideyoshi Junmai DaiginjoBuy it now
Produced by: Suzuki Shuzoten
From Akita , Japan
Category: Junmai Daiginjo

Tasting Notes: Pretty aroma of pineapple, lemon curd and fresh grapes. Delicate and refreshing with a citrus tail.
Alcohol level: 15.5%

Isojiman Junmai Daiginjo Emerald - Buy it now
Produced by: ISOJIMAN Premium Sake Brewery Co Ltd
From Shizuoka , Japan
Category: Junmai Daiginjo

Tasting Notes: Aromatic, green apple, ripe melon and over ripe banana flavour. Good acidity, clear, refreshing.
Alcohol level: 16.0%

Ichishima Platinum Sparkling Sake
Produced by: Ichishima Sake Brewery Inc
From Niigata , Japan
Category: Sparkling

Tasting Notes: Fresh pear, light mousse with good refreshing acidity. Banana, apple cider aromas too.
Alcohol level: 11.0%

Kiminoi Honjozo Josen - Buy it now
Produced by: Kiminoi Shuzo Co Ltd
From Niigata , Japan
Category: Honjozo

Tasting Notes: Clean light and refreshing, classic Honjozo style. Notes of grapefruit and tangerine peel. great structure, can handle a variety of temperatures, from chilled to luke warm. Grainy, spice and bitter finish.
Alcohol level: 15.5%

Kiminoi Junmai Daiginjo Yamahai - Buy it now
Produced by: Kiminoi Shuzo Co Ltd
From Niigata , Japan
Category: Junmai Daiginjo

Tasting Notes: Elegant, rich, melon. Full of umami. A hint of musty but good taste. Typical Kimoto/Yamahai nose. Clean, vivid acidity with a hint of fruits. Plump long finish with umami.
Alcohol level: 16.5%

La Chamte Buy it now
Produced by: Suzuki Shuzoten
From Akita , Japan
Category: Sparkling

Tasting Notes: Yesty nose, big citrus tones with a good mousse, well balanced
Alcohol level: 8.0%

 

BRONZE WINNERS

 

Ichishima Junmai Daiginjo - Buy it now
Produced by: Ichishima Sake Brewery Inc
From Niigata , Japan
Category: Junmai Daiginjo

Tasting Notes: Savoury and food friendly style. Mushroom umami and earthy.
Alcohol level: 15.0%

Manotsuru Junmai 1901 Please call 62960073 to enquire
Produced by: Obata Shuzo Co Ltd
From Niigata , Japan
Category: Junmai

Tasting Notes: Pudding and sweet notes. Spice flavours. Quite complex. Great acidity to cut through juicy palate.
Alcohol level: 16.5%

Imayotsukasa Junmai Buy it now
Produced by: Imayo Tsukasa Shuzo Co Ltd
From Niigata , Japan
Category: Junmai

Tasting Notes: Very quiet aromas. Elegant flavours.
Alcohol level: 15.0%

Imayotsukasa Sparkling Fortune - Buy it now
Produced by: Imayo Tsukasa Shuzo Co Ltd
From: Niigata , Japan
Category: Sparkling

Tasting Notes: Fresh aromas, good balance, nice yeasty flavour with bitterness at the end. Good with food
Alcohol level: 15.0%

Akitora Junmai - Buy it now
Produced by: Arimitsu Sake Brewery Co.,Ltd.
From: Kochi , Japan
Category: Junmai

Tasting Notes: Round approachable body blends well. Kaji notes, steamed rice, high acidity.
Alcohol level: 15.0%

 

Once again, congratulations to the winners!!