Lalvin ICV-D80 was isolated by the ICV in 1992 from 180 strains found in the Rhone valley. The strain (from the Côte Rôtie area) was isolated from fermentations characterised by high sugars, low nitrogen and a high concentration of polyphenols. It brings high fore-mouth volume, big mid-palate mouthfeel and intense fine grain tannins to reds. It is one of the best yeast to optomise big tannin volume and is characterized by ripe fruit, smoke and a licorice finish. Its high production of fatty acids, accentuates the rich and concentrated aromas normally found in varieties such as shiraz, whilst also helping to enhance individuality in less aromatic varieties. It’s a good choice for barrel aged reds due to the significant impact on structure and good color stability features.
Recommended Use: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel
Alcohol Tolerance: 16%
Fermentation Speed: Moderate
Temperature Range: 59-82 °F
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