To celebrate spring, the team at MASU has sought out five rare sakes and brought them back to New Zealand from Japan, devoting the whole month of October to this special wine and its traditions.

Impressively, the range includes the ultra-rare Tanaka 65, one of the most sought-after and highly regarded sake in Japan.

“Tanaka is a unique producer who sells out of his special sake every year before it is released,” said chef restaurateur Nic Watt. “These are some of the greatest sakes available and we are proud to be able to give MASU customers a unique opportunity to taste and enjoy them this spring.”

“Hanami, meaning flower viewing, is the traditional Japan-wide custom of enjoying the transition to spring by observing the sakura, the cherry blossom. It’s a significant time of year in Japanese culture so we wanted to mark spring with something special.”