Could you clarify?

Jaime Gray and Malie McGregor - 02 Oct 2017

The clarification of white grape musts prior to alcoholic fermentation has long since been considered a necessary step in the production process of high quality white wines. With the unavoidable input of time, energy and/or money into the clarification process and the recent interest in trendy “dirty ferment” white wines, one is prompted to ask: why clarify at all?

A comparison between cold settling and flotation on white wine quality

Karien O'Kennedy - 04 Sep 2017

During the 2017 harvest season an experiment conducted at Groot Constantia by winemakers Boela Gerber and Rudolph Steenkamp, revealed that flotation does not harm white wine quality in any way. In fact, the wine from the tank that was clarified via flotation was incorporated into Groot Constantia’s premium Sauvignon blanc blend, whilst the settled tank’s content was assigned to the standard blend.

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