2016 Orange Chocolate Port

September 2018 – I made an Orange Chocolate Port a few years ago. It came out really good, so I wanted to do another port-style wine. Although I wanted to do something different, American Brewmaster only had this kit.

While I was slightly disappointed, I wasn’t disappointed enough to not buy it. 🙂

2016 Chocolate Orange Port

Ingredients:

Kit R J Spagnols Orange Chocolate Dessert Wine kit
Additives bentonite, metabisulphite, sorbate, chitosan (included in kit)
Yeast Lalvin EC-1118 yeast (included in kit)
Sulphite As needed

Method:

Emptied grape juice bag into fermenter, squeezing the bag to get out as much as possible. No water is added to this kit. Stirred for 1 minute.

Sprinkled bentonite on top, avoiding clumping. Stirred bentonite into the must.

Sprinkled yeast on top, did not stir in.

02/09/2016
SG 1.110
Racked wine. Added sulphite and sorbate. Stirred for 2 minutes.

Added F Pack, stirred for 2 minutes.

Added Kieselsol, stirred 1 minute. Waited 5 minutes, added chitosan, stirred gently.

Racked into 3.5 gallon carboy.

03/24/2016
SG 0.994
Final SG 1.030
Racked wine. Added 1/4 tsp potassium metabisulphite. Bottled. 07/14/2018
SG 1.030

Notes:

Yield 30 split bottles
Alcohol 16.3%
Residual Sugar 5%
Winemaking Notes I let this one set longer than I intended, but the high alcohol and sugar preserved it.
08/17/2018 1 month post-bottling, the wine is very tasty.
10/20/2018 This is a very nice dessert wine! While it doesn’t rank with real port or similar wines, it’s a pleasing end to a meal.

Bryan

Long time wine and beer making ....