Sherry flavours: umami

I like a nice sake but don’t drink it often – I was reminded I had this because the nose of the Alba Sobre Tabla the other day really reminded me of a sake both for its tropical fruit on the nose and it’s smooth, mellow character.

To be fair I may have exaggerated the similarities. Those descriptors were right in an impresionistic sense but as a wine there is no comparison: this Masumi Sake is really a fish of an entirely different kidney. The nose is fragrant with tropical fruits, the structure is soft like marshmallow and the flavour is that big, filling umami reminds me of a proper english baked rice pudding (with alcohol).

In fact, although the Alba first brought this to mind, the umami of this sake reminds me of the big, bready texture and character of biological wines.

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