All grapes for making Grace wines are hand-picked, and carried to the winery in small harvest crates (10kg maximum load) to minimise damages before winemaking. Chardonnay, which grows in cool climate at an altitude of 700 m, is harvested at its perfect maturity after it turned golden in colour. Yield is strictly controlled at 40 hl/ha or less, and only grapes from sections with the best air circulation are used, rigorously selected, followed by gentle whole bunch press, then fermented and matured mainly in old French oak barrels.
The nose gave an impression of closeness with purely ripened fresh lemon, white peach and grapefruit aromas, as well as gentle oak nuances of custard cream, macaroon, caramel, sweet black bean paste. On swirling, apricot with a lively acidity and yellow peach characters emerged, the liveliness blended well with the overall fruit with a hint of concentrated umami from oak giving overall softness. On the palate, the attack gave an impression of a rounded acidity, followed immediately by a fruit character with depth. The acidity which spread across to the outer palate, gave an impression of volume which extended until finish. A second acidity towards the inner palate was in harmony with the fruit characters at the centre as well as the oak nuances at the back. From attack to the mid-palate, the impression of fruit was pure and of high quality; the body associated with the oak displayed an elegant milkiness. (Tasting notes by Naohisa Itou)