2014 Luna Bianca (Chardonnay)
April 2014 – This kit was 20% off at American Brewmaster as they are eliminating the old label for WineXpert. Had to buy it! [It was one of several I purchased!]
|Kit||WineXpert Selection Original Luna Bianca Kit|
|Yeast||Red Star Premier Cuvee yeast (included in kit)|
|Put 1/2 gallon hot water in 7 gallon fermenter, stirred in bentonite using powered stirring rod.
Added grape concentrate, rinsed bag with water and added to fermenter. Topped up to 6 gallons with water. Stirred with rod and checked SG.
Added 4 packets toasted oak dust. Stirred again.
Sprinkled yeast on top.
|Racked the wine.||05/06/2014
|Stirred up sediment (as per kit instructions) and racked to a 7 gallon fermenter.||05/26/2014
|Using powered stirring rod, added the metabisuliphite & sorbate, then the chitosan. Added F-Pack. Racked back to carboy and bottle.||05/26/2014
|Racked the wine.||06/21/2014
|Bottled the wine.||01/22/2016
|01/22/2016||As with the Tempranillo, I was concerned about oxidation. This wine was relatively dark in color for a chardonnay, mostly (IMO) because of the oak. It was darker yet, but there was no scent of oxidation. I used a half bottle for cooking in the evening and was surprised by the flavor. I’ll make this kit again.|
|10/28/2018||I have another one of these in production. The wine is currently clear but is significantly darker than a chardonnay normally is.
I also noted this one has 1.7% residual sugar. It did not taste like it.