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!]

2014 Luna Bianca


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.