Gozenshu 1859 evolved out of 2018-2019’s “The Silence” range, an experimental line-up of sakes, using exclusively Omachi rice, to test market opinion. The most popular of the line up was ‘Cry Baby’ a boisterous and vibrant namazake. The first release, therefore, from the new Gozenshu 1859 range (so named after the year Omachi was discovered) follows a similar recipe and style: Omachi rice, Kyokai Kobo #1401 yeast, Junami, muroka (unfiltered), nama (unpasteurised), genshu (undiluted) but, this time, bodaimoto too.
Prototype is a medium-bodied, expressive and dramatic sake, which tells a real story and is utterly engaging. Big, bold fruit flavours (tart kumquat & apricot) are present here but with a lactic and nutty character, and a rich and dense mid-palate. The Bodaimoto yeast starter method lends this sake even more lactic acidity and, therefore, more dryness on the palate and more compactness and precision in the finish.
Gozenshu’s mission is to play around with the different facets of omachi rice, showing off its playfulness, its richness, how it can be used to make traditional styles or hyper-modern styles (much like this sake), etc. Gozenshu 1859 Prototype is the first in this range and, as the name suggests, is simply the Prototype. That means that once this limited edition runs out there is no more.
“The future of Omachi is Gozenshu”.
NB – namazake must be kept cold; please refrigerate until drunk.
Ingredients: water, rice, koji, yeast