2020 Chardonnay

September 2020 – In the summer 2020, Patrick asked me to make wine for his wedding reception, scheduled for October 2021. After a fair amount of thought, I made this one and a Cabernet Sauvignon.

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.


I printed 2 labels for the wine — serious and funny. Patrick & Grace loved both of them, so 25% of the bottles at their wedding reception had the joke label.


Ingredients

Kit Winexpert Reserve Australian Chardonnay 6 week/10 liter kit
Bentonite 30 g
Fermentation Oak 45 g medium toast American oak chips
20 g medium toast American oak granular (dust)
Yeast Lalvin EC-1118
Sulfite as needed
Sorbate N/A
Kieselsol provided in kit
Chitosan provided in kit

Method

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.

Put oak chips & dust in bag and submerged in the wine. Sprinkled yeast on top.

09/04/2020
SG 1.090
Racked. Moved to carboy. 09/11/2020
SG 0.996
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
SG 0.994
Racked. Added 1/4 tsp K-meta. 09/27/2020
SG 0.994
Added 1/4 tsp K-meta. 12/25/2020
SG 0.994
Racked, added 1/4 tsp K-meta, bottled. 04/17/2021
SG 0.994

Notes:

Yield 25 bottles
Alcohol 13.0%
04/17/2021 At bottling the wine is good. Not as good as the Cabernet Sauvignon we bottled today, but quite good.
10/24/2021 We served this wine and the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon at our son’s wedding reception last night. Both wines were a hit. I am highly pleased with the new WE formulization.
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