2011 Chardonnay / Semillon
March 2011 – I looked at the available kits in American Brewmaster, looking to pick a white. I kept coming back to this one so I snagged it. Chardonnay and Semillon are not a traditional French blend … but it sounded interesting.
I printed a special label for a friend’s birthday. It’s fairly easy to do, and the label makes the wine a personalized gift.
|Kit||Winexpert Selection Original Series Wine Kit — Chardonnay/Semillon|
|Yeast||Red Star Premier Cuvee (included in kit)|
|Started kit according to directions. Used powered stirring rod to mix bentonite package into hot water.
Added concentrate and rinsed bag. Topped primary up to 6 gallons. Sprinkled yeast on top.
|Racked wine into 5 gallon carboy and 1 gallon jug.||03/21/2011
|Directions indicate SG should drop to 0.996 or lower. Never got lower than 0.998.
Stirred sediment back into wine, racked back into 7 gallon fermenter.
Stirred in metabisulphite & sorbate.
Racked back into carboy & gallon jug.
|05/20/2011||Surprisingly tasty at bottling. Didn’t taste as green as I’d expect. Still going to age a few months before tapping the next one.|
|09/08/2011||Four months is the bottle have done well by this one. I’ll make this kit again.|
|11/09/2011||This one is a keeper! I’m not massively fond of most chardonnays, the semillon rounds this one out. I’ll make it again.|
|05/02/2014||I’m down to just one bottle of this. I almost bought another kit, but purchased the Luna Bianca instead. We’ll see how that one turns out.|