Friday, July 15, 2011

2006 Chez Ray Blueberry Wine and Blueberry Port recipes



Original posting date, February, 2007:  Here are the recipes used for the 2006 Chez Ray Sweet Blueberry and 2006 Chez Ray Blueberry Port wines:

2006 Chez Ray Sweet Blueberry
For fermentation:
7.5 lbs fresh-picked blueberries, harvested July, 2006 in Shelton CT
6 lb sugar
1.5 lb raisins
1 tsp pectin enzyme
4 tsp acid blend
1 tsp yeast energizer
Cote des Blancs yeast
1 tsp yeast nutrient
21 pts water
After fermentation:
1 pt red grape concentrate
.25 tsp potassium metasulphite
1 tbs potassium sorbate as stabilizer

2006 Chez Ray Blueberry Port
For fermentation:
6 lb fresh-picked blueberries, harvested July, 2006 in Shelton CT
2 lb sugar
.5 lb light malt
.5 lb raisins
.5 tsp pectin enzyme
1 tsp acid blend
.5 tsp yeast energizer
Cote des Blancs yeast
.5 tsp yeast nutrient
4 pts water
After fermentation:
.5 pt red grape concentrate
.1 tsp potassium metasulphite
1 tsp potassium sorbate as stabilizer

Fermentation approach: Crush berries, add sugar and raisins. Add boiling water. When cooled, add pectin enzyme, acid blend, yeast nutrient. Prepare yeast energizer in water, add yeast, add to cooled must. Once fermentation mostly complete, strain mix through sieve into buckets then, once lees have settled out, pour juice into carboys for aging.
Once aged, add grape concentrate to sweeten, potassium metasulphite to preserve, then potassium sorbate as stabilizer. Bottle.
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Review, over four years since fermentation, July, 2011, code BL6, 2006 Chez Ray Sweet Blueberry:
Color is light red with pink highlights.  On the nose, light, bright, tangy and candied fruit.  Has a cotton-candy element.  On the palate, bright and soft sweetness, with soft and light berry tones. Not so noticeable as blueberries, but pleasant and rich.  Solid three stars on the Spirit of Wine scale.

2 comments:

  1. Hey Ray, how many gallons did the port recipe make? Love the site!

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  2. 1 Gallon. I must say, though, that I'm not convinced the taste differential from the basic blueberry wine was worth the three-fold increase in the amount of blueberries per gallon.

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