2006 Chenin Blanc

November 2006 – Instead of starting the Fume Blanc and seeing how it went, I said “the heck with it!” and bought this one as well, starting them at the same time.

2006 Chenin Blanc

Of course, I had to make a joke label:

2006 Chenin Blanc (joke)

Ingredients

Kit Vino del Vida Wine Chenin Blanc Kit
Bentonite yes
Yeast R J Spagnols generic yeast
Sulfite yes
Sorbate yes
Isinglass yes

Method

Followed directions: Put 1 gallon warm water in primary; added bentonite and used drill mounted stirring rod to carefully mix it in. This worked far better than a spoon!

Added juice concentrate and rinsed bag with hot water. Filled primary to 5-1/2 gallons (instead of the 6 the directions call for).

Used the stirring rod to mix the must. Sprinkled the yeast on top. Yeast is Spagnols generic. No clue what it is.

11/01/2006
SG 1.096
Racked the wine and moved to a carboy. 11/15/2006
SG 1.000
Racked the wine. Added package #2A (sulphite) and package #2B (potassium sorbate), stirring vigorously after each. Gotta love that stirring tool!

Added package #3 (liquid isinglass) and stirred vigorously. Instructions called for 5 minute stir, wait 15 minutes, stir again for 5 minutes. According to stirring rod directions I didn’t need to stir that much. Did about 30-45 seconds for each — LOT of gas emitted!

12/11/2006
SG 0.998
Racked the wine. There was more sediment than I expected.

Note: I’ve been following the directions for the kit with no improvisation, but haven’t been using their time frames. If I had done that the wine would have been bottled at the end of November … I’m a bit behind that!

03/19/2007
SG 0.998
Bottled.

Note: The sink in the wine area has been a pain. Had great difficulties in seating the traps so they didn’t leak. Got that fixed this week so I’m bottling wine!

05/18/2007
SG 0.998

Notes:

Yield 24 bottles
Alcohol 13.3%
05/18/2007 At bottling the wine has a mild flavor. Not as acidic as I might want — when I think of Chenin Blanc I think of Vouvray, crystal clear white wines with an “appropriate” bite that go great with fish and seafood. This one isn’t there, but I’ll check again after a few months in the bottle.
04/28/2008 This one has turned out to be a nice sipping wine.

Bryan

Long time wine and beer making ....