views on pros and cons of filtering needed

views on pros and cons of filtering needed

Post by G. Pan » Fri, 25 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Dear Winemakers
I have never filtered my wines, made from grapes as well as juice, and have
always felt unfiltered wines were better. However, I am making my first
ice-wine style wine from a Wine Art kit, and after the last racking prior
to bottling I find there is still some residual solids/sediment floating at
the bottom of the carboy. Do you think I should filter the wine? I would
appreciate your opinions on the matter. Thanks in advance,
G Pang
 
 
 

views on pros and cons of filtering needed

Post by Gora » Fri, 25 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>Dear Winemakers
>I have never filtered my wines, made from grapes as well as juice, and have
>always felt unfiltered wines were better. However, I am making my first
>ice-wine style wine from a Wine Art kit, and after the last racking prior
>to bottling I find there is still some residual solids/sediment floating at
>the bottom of the carboy. Do you think I should filter the wine? I would
>appreciate your opinions on the matter. Thanks in advance,
>G Pang

If you are to bottle now, without any additional racking, then some solids
will show in the bottles. I always filter if (and only if) I see obvious
sediment in the carboy before bottling. However, I will usually prefer to
rack once more, since I don't have the proof that the wine has stopped
shedding new sediment.

Gorak

 
 
 

views on pros and cons of filtering needed

Post by (s.. » Sat, 26 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>I have never filtered my wines, made from grapes as well as juice, and have
>always felt unfiltered wines were better. However, I am making my first
>ice-wine style wine from a Wine Art kit, and after the last racking prior
>to bottling I find there is still some residual solids/sediment floating at
>the bottom of the carboy. Do you think I should filter the wine? I would
>appreciate your opinions on the matter.

I always filter my wines but only after the wine is perfectly clear through
to the bottom.  This way I'm "only" polishing the wine and not doing the work
that patience will do.

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Post by TomS » Mon, 28 Sep 1998 04:00:00


You didn't mention if you had fined the wine.  That might take care of the
problem.

Personally, I fine and filter all my wines - even Pinot Noir.  The product
is much more stable, and tastes, looks and smells better.  As far as I'm
concerned, unfiltered wines are a sacred cow, and I don't live in India!

Tom S