Today's task was simple enough. Fermentation is now over and so stabilisation and fining need to begin. This will clarify the wine and have it readied for bottling. See previous blogs in this series - the last one of which can be accessed here.
This is what my wine looked like today before any additions. Ah, now I'm calling it a wine. Fermentation must be over!
These were added. First the stabilising powder. Then two minutes of stirring. Then Finings A was stirred in and stirred around for two mintes.
This was then left for an hour after which Finings B were added and gently stirred in. Voila. Work over for today. Now I need to leave it alone for seven days in a cool place and out of sunlight. That won't be hard. I could leave it in the back garden, the weather we're having!!
|Finings B being added|
Hopefully now this will clear. I had a quick sniff. It has certainly changed over the past week. Its no longer simple, youthful, primary fruits but has an added dimension of richness, possibly a spirity bouquet and a fair amount of developed fruit in a lightly stewed sense.
Must Wait. Must Wait. Patience will be Rewarded. Only Seven Days to go!