The Pinotage has arrived!! The berries taste very sweet with good seed and pulp development. We got Brix readings of 23-24.5, .48 TA, and 3.86pH
We will need to do a few adjustments but the berries look great and we are looking forward to the crush!
(all descriptions via Scott Laboratories)
- D254: “In red wines, Lalvin ICV D254® develops ripe fruit, jam and cedar aromas together with mild spiciness. On the palate it contributes high fore-mouth volume, big mid-palate mouthfeel and intense fruit concentration.”
- D80: “Given proper nutrition, Lalvin ICV D80® is a rapid starter with moderate fermentation rates. It has been known to have an alcohol tolerance of up to 16% (v/v) when the fermentation is aerated and the temperature is maintained below 28°C(82°F). On the palate it creates high fore-mouth volume, big mid-palate mouthfeel, an intense, fine-grain tannin sensation and a long lasting licorice finish.”
- BDX: “Uvaferm BDXTM is a vigorous fermenter. Alcohol tolerance can be up to 16% (v/v). Optimizes color and structure with soft tannin extraction and increased mouthfeel. Does not generate a lot of heat during fermentation. Selected from the Pasteur Institute strain collection in Paris, France.”
Which yeast do you think we should use?