"I'm in desperate need of a recipe using Chambourcin grapes. I want to finish it off
to a medium sweet. Can you get me started?" Jim Orzech, Danielsville, PA
French hybrid with Rhone origins, available since 1963. Also known as Joannes Seyve 26205, this late-ripening grape requires a long growing season and is somewhat winter-hardy (to -5 degrees F.). It has low tannins but deep color, good aroma and no foxiness. It is reportedly a good blending grape, but can also stand well on its own.
Pick grapes when fully ripe, discarding any spoiled or underripe grapes from clusters. Crush and destem, add pectic enzyme and ¼ tsp potassium metabisulfite to the crush, and stir with wooden paddle. Cover and set aside overnight. Adjust acid and sugar if required and stir in yeast nutrient, Oak-Mor and activated yeast. Recover primary and punch down cap twice daily during primary fermentation. When free sulfur drops below 15 ppm (10 ppm is better), inoculate with malo-lactic culture. When specific gravity drops to 1.000, strain solids into press and extract remaining juice. Transfer wine to secondary and attach airlock. After 1 month, rack to sanitized carboy. Monitor MLF with paper chromatography and rack again when completed, adding ¼ tsp potassium metabisulfite at racking. Conduct two more rackings, 6 weeks apart, adding ¼ tsp potassium metabisulfite after last (4th) racking. Wine should clear on its own. If not, let sit another 6 weeks, rack, stabilize, and wait another wait 30 days. Sweeten wine to 1.002-1.006 according to taste, then bottle. Cellar approximately 6 months before tasting, depending on your self-control. [Author's own recipe]
My thanks to Jim Orzech of Danielsville, PA for his request.