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Heigo Australia is the official importer and distributor of IWA 5 in Australia.

IWA 5 is a new Japanese sake by former Chef de Cave at Dom Pérignon, Richard Geoffroy. The product of Richard’s deep respect for traditional Japanese sake and his affinity for innovation, IWA 5 embraces the distinct qualities of traditional sake while expanding its character. Invoking the motif of ‘5’ – the universal number of balance and harmony – IWA 5’s Assemblage demonstrates Geoffroy’s masterful blending, orchestrating three different rice varieties and five classes of yeast that blend to create unparalleled synergy and character.

Bottled June 2020

  • Brewery: Shiraiwa
  • Region: Toyama
  • Classification: Junmai Daiginjo
  • %ALC/VOL: 15%
  • Net Volume: 720ml
  • Rice: Yamadanishiki, Omachi, Gohyakumangoku
  • Rice Polishing Ratio: 35%


Lower temperatures. Reishu. 冷酒

From 5°C and above
Definitely tightens the Sake up. Starting from 1°C/2°C and above puts in motion a subtle play of textures, with an element of gentle, soft fruitiness – pip fruit, ripe pear.

Higher temperatures. Kanzake. 燗酒

35-37°C Hitohadakan 人肌燗
Sensuous. Immaterial and fluffy, a seamless glide. Sourdough, praline.

45°C Jokan 上燗
Amazingly soft, somewhat spherical. The viscosity and silky texture are fusional. Italian anise biscotti, custard.

55°C Tobikirikan 飛び切り燗
A glorified character of rice. Thicker, grainy and slightly astringent. Roasted rice.


Matching Food

IWA 5 has an intriguing capacity to pair with a great array of foods: the Sake has sort of an inherent versatility to consistently, ingeniously adjust itself right to the level of the food, sensibly, from the delicate to the robust, from light to dark flavors. IWA 5 can pair successive dishes throughout one single meal.

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