Ideal for crisp, fresh dry white/blush and all sparkling wines. Also the best strain for high alcohol tolerance.
CL23 produces very low levels of fusel oils and other congener compounds during fermentation and does not contribute much to wine flavor or aroma and can therefore be considered to be a particularly neutral/clean fermenter. However CL23 does contribute significantly to the wine’s structure and ferments sugars completely, allowing for the driest of wines to be made. CL23 is noted for its robustness, being able to ferment to 18% abv. ethanol, tolerate high free SO2 and high levels of other stress factors such as organic acids, incorrect temperature and pH making CL23 the strain of choice for high alcohol wines or where uncertain recipes are employed and fermentation reliability is a key factor or where low temperature fermentation down to 8C (46F) is required. This strain is â€˜fermentation friendlyâ€™ in that it produces zero foam, starts fermenting rapidly avoiding potential bacterial contamination and can be used to restart stuck fermentations. In certain situations, CL23 can be used for red winemaking â€“ especially where wine structure and dryness are key factors â€“ but a word of caution, CL23 will take out color and fruit flavor so recipes should be adjusted accordingly.