2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
September 2020 – A family member asked me to make wine for an event in the Fall 2021 … so I’m making this one and a Chardonnay.
Note: This is the first time I’m trying the new formulation of the Winexpert kits. Their new process produces a smaller volume that they claim is the same quality — in the past this would be a 12 liter kit. The jury is still out regarding if this is just a marketing gimmick.
|Kit||Winexpert Reserve Australian Cabernet Sauvignon 6 week/10 liter kit|
|Fermentation Oak||90 g medium toast American oak chips
30 g medium toast American oak granular (dust)
|Kieselsol||provided in kit|
|Chitosan||provided in kit|
|Added 2 cups hot tap water to the primary fermenter and sprinkled the bentonite on a bit at a time, then stirred until dissolved.
Added contents of grape juice bag. Rinsed it with warm water and added to fermenter. Topped up to 5.75 gallons, as my per usual method.
Stirred oak chips & dust into the wine. Sprinkled yeast on top.
|Racked. Moved to carboy||09/11/2020
|Racked. Added kieselsol/chitosan + 1/4 tsp K-meta. Threw away the enclosed K-meta/sorbate pack as sorbate is unnecessary in a dry wine.||09/16/2020
|Racked. Added 2 oz French oak cubes + 1/4 tsp K-meta.||09/27/2020
|Added 1/4 tsp K-meta||12/25/2020
|Racked, added 1/4 tsp K-meta, bottled.||04/17/2021
|04/17/2021||At bottling time, the wine is honestly amazing. It’s the best kit Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve made, and it’s still young. The new Winexpert formulization appears to be as good as advertised.|