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Sur-Lie

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Aging your wine on the lees (sur lie) in red and white wines is known to reduce the perception of acidity, eliminate specific harsh phenolics, increase the perception of sweetness, help protect against oxidation and improve mouthfeel. An active dry yeast that can be added to wine as early as late fermentation, Sur-Lie contributes the positive sensory impact of lees aging while drastically reducing time and labor. Contact with Sur-Lie for three to five weeks contributes similar flavor and mouth feel components as does six months of lees ageing and stirring. Recommended Dosage rate is 300-700 ppm (1.1 to 2.6 grams per gallon), as determined by lab trials.

Store in a cool, dry place for several years while still sealed. Once opened, product can last for the same length of time if it can be kept isolated from any source of moisture. Examine stored, opened packages for signs of clumping before the season you plan to use it. Clumping is a sign of absorption of moisture from the atomosphere and indicates that the product is no longer viable.

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Trying new wine style using sur lie aging
Danny L T on Sep 22, 2019
burgundy style chardonnay
Wayne Clair W on Jun 26, 2018
Trying new wine style using sur lie aging
Danny L T on Sep 22, 2019
Used before successfully
Valued C on Oct 30, 2018
burgundy style chardonnay
Wayne Clair W on Jun 26, 2018
High ABV pinot noir
Joseph Policastro on Jan 20, 2018
Used before successfully
Valued C on Oct 30, 2018
High ABV pinot noir
Joseph Policastro on Jan 20, 2018
Does sur-lee need added prior to fermentation completing, or can it be added post fermentation?
Alex Long on May 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Alex - Take a look at our Sur-Lie guide here: https://morewinemaking.com/articles/Sur-lie_aging
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I've experimented with this a bit in my meads, but not much with the different quantity levels. I sort of bench tested this with a control by splitting up my batches and using 2g/gallon for 4-5 weeks. This will round out some of the 'edges', so it may not be for every scenario when you want that peppery pop from your Hungarian oak to really stand out. Sur Lie won't mute it, but just smooths it out a bit. Perceived sweetness for sure. I back-sweetened to off-dry on one batch and ended up balancing it out with some acid addition. I'd recommend folks give it a try with a control so you can tell the difference. It took me a couple weeks after racking off of it to sense the full impact.
November 11, 2020
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1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Miracle Worker
Turned my closed Rosé and Vermentino into fragrant and soft on the palate wine. Was going to throw it all away until I tried the Sur-Lie. I will use it on all my white wines. A must try. Left it on the wine for a month and stirred it one or twice a week. Great support from More Wine as they answered all my questions. Thank you.
April 18, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
April 18, 2019
Tyler W Staff