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Grande Polaire Azuminoikeda Vineyard Meritage 2014

Style     :Red, full body
Alcohol by volume              :13%
Variety              :66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot

General Information

After a long pursuit of ideal soil and climate, we have established new vineyard named “Azuminoikeda Vineyard” in Ikeda-cho in Nagano in 2009. This vineyard is located at 580 m above sea level, and is characterized by cool climate and refreshing breeze which blows across the vineyard.

In 2014, Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested with optimal maturation, colour and ample flavour due to long sunshine hour in September.  

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were blended at the ratio of 7:3. The ratio was determined after maturation by tasting of each barrel to select the most suitable lots for flagship brand of Azuminoikeda Vineyard. This wine shows impeccable harmony of well-structured robust tannin of Cabernet Sauvignon and soft smooth tannin of Merlot. This is the Japan Wine which showcase rich and concentrated flavour of cacao, chocolate, and ripe cherry with mellow fine ripe tannin. You can enjoy strong attack accompanied by depth of flavour. 

Vines of Azuminoikeda Vineyard, planted in 2010, are still young, but its quality is steadily improving year by year. The grapes show more concentration  and better-structured ripe tannin than the previous vintage (2013). Although the ratio of blend is same as of 2013, this wine shows clearer expression of Cabernet Sauvignon with firm structure. 

Rich fruit character can be enjoyed now, but further maturation will be allowed.

This is the pride of vine growers in Azuminoikeda Vineyard and winemakers in Grande Polaire Katsunuma Winery. 

Harvested on: 9-10 September (Merlot) and 3-4 October (Cabernet Sauvignon) 2014
Vineyard location:Azuminoikeda Vineyard in Ikeda-cho, Kita Azumi-gun, Nagano
New oak: 70%
Maturation: 15 month

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Grande Polaire Yamanashi Koshu Barrel Fermenation 2016

Style     :Dry white 
Alcohol by volume              :12%
Variety              :100% Koshu

General Information
This wine is made by Koshu, 100% produced by contracted growers in Watazuka, Katsunuma-cho, Koshu-shi, exactly where Grande Polaire Katsunuma Winery is based. Harvested grapes were strictly sorted and only high quality grapes judged by sugar level, flavour, and phenolic maturity were used.

With pale lemon colour and slight green hue, this dry wine shows perfect harmony of bright citrus and oak derived from barrel maturation, racy acid and sweetish fruity finish.

Awarded Koshu Gold Medal and Best Category in Japan Wine Competition in 2017.

Viticulture and Climate
All the grapes are sourced from contracted growers in Watazuka, Katsunuma-cho, Koshu-shi, exactly where Grande Polaire Katsunuma Winery is based. Harvested grapes were strictly sorted and only high quality grapes judged by sugar level, flavour, and phenolic maturity were used.

In 2016, heavy rain continued from mid-September was a great threat to the harvest. But thanks to the fine weather until then, maturation of the grape in our vineyard was already favorable, and we harvested earlier than usual to obtain high quality grape with high sugar and good acid without severe effect from the heavy rain.

Climate in Yamanashi
Inland climate with high diurnal temperature range suitable for optimal grape maturation.
Vineyard location: Katsunuma-cho, Koshu-shi, Yamanashi
Training: Pergola, mainly with X-shaped cane pruning
Harvested on: 19 and 27 September 2016

Double harvest was hired to obtain grapes with different maturity level. This gives complexity by opulent citrus aroma from earlier-harvested grapes and rich flavour from later-harvested grapes.

After press , juice was cold settled to remove pulp and the clear juice was fermented in barrel (225L Barrique, 20% new oak). Malolactic fermentation was not conducted to keep delicate acidity of Koshu. After completion of fermentation, wine was matured on the lees for four months without racking.

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Grande Polaire Okayama Muscat BaileyA Barrelaged 2016

Style     :Red,Medium body
Alcohol by volume              :12%
Variety              :100% Muscat Bailey A

General Information
Ibara-shi has been famous for its viticulture, and Muscat Bailey A is one of the most prominent grape varieties for red wine in Okayama. Grapes were strictly selected from the ones for winemaking , carefully grown by contracted growers. After careful fermentation and barrel maturation, this wine expresses delicate bouquet and distinctive vivid fruit aroma of Muscat Bailey A with mellow long finish.

Viticulture and Climate
Ibara-shi is located in the south west of Okayama, close to the border with Hiroshima. Especially this Aono area on the northern plateau which also cradles famous Kibikogen Highland  is one of the most prominent regions for Muscat bailey A production in western Japan. Vineyards are located at 150-300 m above sea level, and its red clay soil has good water retention to give stable yield. The history of viticulture in this region dates back to mid-1950’s, and some vines are about 60 years old, still producing wines.

Traditionally, Muscat Bailey A is grown seedless in Okayama for table grape, but the grapes for this wine are specifically grown with seed by contracted growers to make high quality red wine.  In addition, only fully-ripen grapes which were harvested from mid-to late harvesting period were used.

In 2016, average temperature and diurnal temperature range were high while rainfall was low from July. Thus, grapes were ripen 5-7-day earlier than usual with good pigment and small berries.  

Climate in Okayama
Warm Setouchi climate with low rain throughout the year, which is the reason that Okayama is called as “the land of sunshine Okayama”. This region is well known to produce high quality grapes. 

Double H shaped spur pruned pergola
Harvested on: 22 September to 4 October 2016

This wine was made in pursuit of power to be balanced by the effect of oak.
Only healthy grapes harvested in late September (or later) were used. They were destemmed, crushed, and fermented with skin and seeds. A part of juice was withdrawn during maceration to enhance extraction and to concentrate wine by increasing the ratio of skin and seeds to juice (Saignee). After about one week of maceration and fermentation, the must was pressed after confirming enough pigment and flavour were extracted. Oak maturation was started in November after flavour-mellowing malolactic fermentation was completed. French and American oak barrels (225 L Barrique, 39% new oak) were used because sweetish red berry aroma of Muscat bailey A has a good oak affinity (especially with vanilla note).

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About us

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Sapporo Breweries launched its wine business in 1974 as a project to commemorate  its centenary.

We opened Nagano Furusato Vineyard in the city of Nagano in 1975.

In 1976, we established Katsunuma Winery in Yamanashi Prefecture, the main wine-producing area in Japan. Our many glittering achievements since then include winning Gold at the IWSC (The International Wine and Spirit Competition).

Grande Polaire was born in 2003. Our aim was to create a premium wine brand that is a faithful representative of Japanese terroirs. We celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2018.

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10-49 Mio US $

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