#7 Merlot – White Sands Vineyards, Yakima Valley

Batch #7 – Started 2/2/2011 – Merlot, White Sands Vineyards, Yakima Valley, Washington
            by Cellar Craft (Showcase Collection)     Juice Lot#J14012SA, Grape Lot#109022

Day O – Primary Fermentation Started – 2/2/2011, noon – Specific Gravity = 1.090 (Don’t use for initial reading because Grape’s not saturated yet)
     15 Grams bentonite mixed in 1L of hot water in bottom of Primary
     18 liters grape juice + grape skins loose in primary
     4 liters Nestle Drinking water

     Added Non-toasted Oak sawdust and stirred
     5 Grams yeast (EC-1118)  (Stirred)

Day 1  (2/3)   Specific Gravity = 1.094 / 12.4%PA  Stirred

Day 4  (2/6)   Specific Gravity = 1.050 /xx.x%PA  Stirred

Day 6  (2/8)   Specific Gravity = 1.015 /xx.x%PA  Stirred

Day 14  (2/16)   Specific Gravity = 1.000 /xx.x%PA  Racked today (had to filter skins out of must, lots of filtering)

Day 21  (2/23)   Specific Gravity = 0.998 /xx.x%PA

Day 28  (3/2)   Specific Gravity = 0.996 /xx.x%PA

Day 31 (3/5)   Specific Gravity = 0.996 /xx.x%PA

Day 33 (3/7) Specific Gravity = 0.996 Degassed
     Degassed directly in Carboy leaving sediment
     Added Potassium Sorbate and Potassium Metabisulfite
     Added Kieselsol and stirred 1 minute and then waited one hour
     Added Chitosan and stirred for 1 minute and reset airlock

Day 41  (3/15)   Specific Gravity = 0.996 /xx.x%PA 
     Racked to clean carboy to get off sediment

Day 54  (3/29)   Bottling Day ~ 28 – 750ml and 6 – 375mL bottles Clear 
     Final ABV is 12.9%

  • February 2nd, 2011
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