Reducing Green Character with Yeast Strains (Enartis) (2017)

This study examines the impact of different yeast strains on green character in Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc grapes were harvested and processed on the same day into 3 separate T Bins. Each T Bin received 25ppm sulfur dioxide and were then inoculated with either CSM (ScottLabs), D254 (ScottLabs), or D20 (Enartis). D20 yeast may reduce green character through higher fermentation temperatures blowing off pyrazine (Enartis 2018), therefore this T bin was fermented in the sun. CSM was chosen because it is also marketed as being able to reduce green character (Scott Laboratories 2018), but since it did not specify a higher fermentation temperature, this treatment was not fermented in the sun. Each T Bin was punched down twice per day and pressed on the same day for 9 days of maceration. All other treatments between wines were identical. All yeast strains had similar fermentation kinetics, with D20 perhaps being slightly warmer. Wine chemistry was similar between treatments, except that IBMP was slightly lower in the D20 yeast treatment. There were no strong trends for the descriptors used in this study. There was a slight trend for the CSM wine to have higher Fruit Intensity, and for the CSM and D20 wines to have higher Astringency. There was a slight preference for the D254 wine.

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Using Yeast to Improve Color and Aroma Extraction from Skins (in Collaboration with 2B) (2017)

This study examines the impact of Rubino Extra (2B), BM45 (ScottLabs), and Alchemy III (Anchor) on the phenolic and aroma characteristics of Cabernet Franc wines. The goal was to see if the Rubino Extra yeast could enhance anthocyanin and aroma extraction from the grapes, relative to other yeast strains. Grapes were harvested on the same day and processed into 3 separate T Bins. Each of the three T Bins were inoculated with one of the three yeasts. All other treatments between wines were identical. The BM45 trial fermented slowest, and Rubino Extra trial fermented fastest. Lactic acid was higher in the wine produced with BM45. Color intensity varied among yeasts. Anthocyanins were higher in the Alchemy 3 trial, and lower in the Rubino Extra trial. Overall, not many trends were seen between these wines. The Rubino Extra yeast tended to produce wines with slightly lower Overall Aromatic Intensity and Fruit Intensity. The Alchemy 3 and BM45 yeasts were fairly similar, except that BM45 was perhaps more in-between the Rubino Extra and the Alchemy 3 yeast. The Alchemy 3 yeast appeared to produce a distinctive floral or fruity quality. Preference trends reversed between tastings, and as such it is unclear which yeast strain was the most preferred.

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H2S Production by Different Low-H2S Producing Yeast Strains (2016)

This study examines the effect of different low H2S-producing yeast strains on the sensory attributes of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé. The grapes were harvested on the same day, pressed together, and after settling was racked into four different 484L puncheons (2006 Hungarian oak from the same cooper). The barrels were inoculated with the following yeasts: Rhône 4600 (ScottLabs), Allegro (Phyterra), Sensy (ScottLabs), and Fermol Elegance (AEB). Rhône 4600 is not marketed as a low H2S-producing yeast strain and was intended to act as a soft control. The strains showed similar fermentation kinetics except for Rhône 4600, which was markedly slower. Additionally, the wine produced by Rhône 4600 had a higher alcohol content and higher total SO2, possibly from yeast production. The sulfide contents of the wines, however, were essentially indistinguishable. No strong trends were found with the descriptors used for this study. Rhône 4600 tended to show higher Fruit Intensity and Overall Aromatic Intensity. Many of these wines were perceived as slightly reduced. In general, people tended to prefer wines produced with Rhône 4600 and Allegro yeasts.

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ScottLabs IONYS WF Yeast Trial on Chardonnay (2016)

This study examines the impact of IONYSWF yeast (Lallemand) on Chardonnay wine when compared to fermentation with CY3079. Chardonnay juice was settled and split into separate barrels, inoculated with either CY3079 or IONYSWF. Although the IONYSWF fermentation proceeded much slower, not many chemical differences could be seen between the different yeast strains, except that the pH and TA of the IONYSWF – fermented wine was slightly higher. The lower level of free sulfur dioxide in CY3079 suggests a slightly higher production of sulfur dioxide-binding compounds. These results suggest that people are able to tell a difference between Chardonnay wine produced with IONYSWF yeast and wine produced from CY3079. People often preferred wine produced with IONYSWF yeast, likely due to its tendency to enhance Fruit Intensity, Overall Aromatic Intensity, Depth of Flavor, and Body. Although the yeast is marketed to increase acidity, this was not observed in this study. This yeast shows promise with regard to aromatic development in Chardonnay, but more studies are needed to confirm this.

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Anchor and ScottLabs Yeast Comparison in Merlot (2014)

ScottLabs EC 1118 PDM, ScottLabs CRVP, Anchor NT50, and Anchor NT202 yeast strains were compared for their effect on pH, ethanol and volatile acidity production in 2014 Merlot.  Fermentation kinetics were also compared.  CRVP exhibited the fastest fermentation kinetics but produced the highest volatile acidity. EC 1118 PDM produced the highest ethanol and lowest volatile acidity.

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