2014 Luna Bianca (Chardonnay)

April 2014This 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
Bentonite yes
Yeast Red Star Premier Cuvee yeast (included in kit)
Sugar yes
Sulfite yes
Sorbate yes
Kieselsol yes
Chitosan yes


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.

SG 1.092
Racked the wine. 05/06/2014
SG 1.008
Stirred up sediment (as per kit instructions) and racked to a 7 gallon fermenter. 05/26/2014
SG 0.996
Using powered stirring rod, added the metabisuliphite & sorbate, then the chitosan. Added F-Pack. Racked back to carboy and bottle. 05/26/2014
SG 1.007
Racked the wine. 06/21/2014
SG 1.007
Bottled the wine. 01/22/2016
SG 1.007


Yield 29 bottles
Alcohol 13.0%
Residual Sugar 1.8%
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.