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.

Of course, I had to make a joke label:


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


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.

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!

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!

SG 0.998

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!

SG 0.998


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.