Yellow Magic Winery is a winery in Akayu, Nanyo, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan that opened its doors on 27th September 2019 by Sumito Iwatani, a beer manufacturer and oenologist. The first year of production and by the looks of it it will have a bright future, and following the rules and methods of Natural Wine.
The wine is based on the idea of being drunk both at room temperature and at the temperature that most white wines are meant to be drank. Certain wines that can be drunk 'cold' (e.g. Beaujolais, a few PN, etc.), 2019 Yellow Magic Winery, 'Groove Niku Yaro' can be served cold, and surprisingly flavors are not masked by the low temperature.
A blend of 3 grape varieties rarely encountered, at least by myself:
1.Muscat Bailey A - Grown exclusively in Japan, was discovered in 1920 by Kawakami Zenbei, 'The Grandfather of Japanese Wine'
2.Campbell Early - It is a hybrid variety, discovered in Ohio in 1890 by George W. Campbell who crossed two other varieties. Campbell Early is a variety with an extremely visually pleasing leaf, extremely popular in North Korea but rarely producing wine there. Japan has taken over, and now holds no more than 236 Ha of this variety.
3.Yama Sauvignon - It is a cross of the classic Cabernet Sauvignon and Yama Budou (a variety that is grown exclusively in Japan and in some places in Nepal)
2019 Yellow Magic Winery, 'Groove Niku Yaro'
A wine that got me worried at first, but in a weirdly pleasant way. It's surprises you from the moment you pull out the cork. An effervescence that makes you stare at it a little.
I suspect that little natural CO2 is still trapped in the bottle or from MLF (I'll come back when I'm sure) but disappears after a few minutes. I usually noticed the phenomenon in some Rieslings from Germany and 2-3 Beaujolais I've encountered throughout.
You don't expect the abundance of flavours it offers when you start drinking it. Easy to drink, with 11% alcohol content, brings a sweet but extremely subtle sweetness. Berries, slightly peppery, with an extremely refreshing acidity and playful flavours
''At the end of the day, you really can’t make a wrong choice.
As long as you pay attention to what it is that you don’t like about a wine
each bottle will get you closer to what you do like.
Take it one glass at a time!''