Fonia Terra is another launch from experimental venture company Wakaze, based in Tsuruoka, Yamagata. This latest entry in its Fonia series was released on 22 May 2018.
The rice used is from Sakata, Kame-no-ou variety grown with no fertiliser or agricultural chemicals and highly polished. The brewing was done by Eau de Vie Shōnai, part of the Kiyoizumigawa brewery which is also based in Sakata. The result is a sake that brings out the sweetness and umami of the rice, accented by a spicy aroma. It should pair well with herbed dishes or strongly flavoured meat dishes.
A 500 ml bottle has a recommended retail price of JPY 3,000 and plans are to sell it both across Japan and overseas.