2020 Vinifera Blend

October 2020 – I’m making a Merlot-heavy Bordeaux style blend this year. The blend includes small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot, which are all fermented together.

Note: “Vinifera Blend” refers to this wine, which contains all the Bordeaux red grapes except Merlot. The 2020 Meritage is 67% Merlot, 33% Vinifera Blend. The 2020 Meritage Plus is 40% Merlot, 40% Zinfandel, and 20% Vinifera Blend.


Grape 36# Cabernet Sauvignon
36# Cabernet Franc
36# Malbec
36# Petit Verdot
Enzyme 2-1/2 tsp Scottzyme Color Pro
Fermentation Oak 1 lb shredded French oak, medium toast
Yeast 2 packages Red Star Premier Rouge
Nutrient 12 tsp Fermax + 6 tsp Fermax
Sulfite potassium metabisulfite added at various points (see below)


Crushed & destemmed the grapes. Grapes at 52 F, have to warm up to 65 F before inoculation.

Added Scottzyme Color Pro for improved color extraction and 1 lb fermentation oak.

Note: The SG is the combined SG of all 4 grape varieties.

SG 1.100
Temperature rose to 67 F in the afternoon. Added 12 tsp Fermax and yeast. 10/11/2020
SG 1.100
Added 6 tsp Fermax. 10/14/2020
SG 1.060
Drained the free run wine and reserved it. Medium pressed the pomace.

5 gallons of free run is part of the 2020 Meritage blend.

1 gallon each of the free run and pressed wines will continue to be tracked in this log. The intention is to bottle 1 gallon of varietal wine. [For my purposes, I’m treating this one as a varietal.]

All remaining wine is part of the 2020 Meritage Plus blend.

SG 0.997


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