What a great first date! The Cherry Blossom Festival was simply magical and Ms Violet Beauregard was on her best behaviour. Hirosaki Castle is located in northern Japan in the Aomori Prefecture and was constructed in 1611 - the view of Mt Iwaki was a stunning backdrop, showered in the blossom petals for which Japan is so famous. We partied amongst the transient beauty of full blooming cherry blossoms in traditional Hanami style. The beauty and structural balance of the setting was beautifully mirrored by the Malbec. She had potential to be a little overwhelming on the first approach, but her youthfulness and fresh fruit is balanced with the smell of mulberry and ripe red cherries. Violet Beauregard shows a fondness for blueberries, which are found in abundance from the first taste through to the finish. The tannins are soft and the acidity is well placed to allow this wine to be enjoyed now and often. Divinely different; I’ll be asking this elegant lady out again.