If Gassan’s Junmai Ginjo is a sauvignon blanc, then Hakkaisan’s elegant Junmai Ginjo is a chardonnay with its crisp and refreshing finish. It’s a very popular sake produced by the number-one selling sake brewery in Japan. According to Sydney-based certified sake professional, Slava Beliakova (www.sakeguide.com.au), this is an ideal drink for someone looking to pair sake with sushi or seafood for the first time.
The Hakkaisan Brewery can be found at the foot of Mt Hakkai in Niigata Prefecture, a place revered all over Japan for its delicious rice.
Rice variety: Yamadanishiki & Miyamanishiki
Polished to leave: 50%
Alcohol content: 15.5%