Acid reducing strain excellent for fruity white & blush country wines especially where residual sugars are desired. MA33 has the ability to metabolize between 30 and 35% of malic acid making this strain the perfect choice for country fruits which are naturally high in acid. Reducing malic acid will soften the wine and give a vin nouveau character for early consumption with a balanced palate.
MA33 is also noted for its production of fruity esters and fusel oils conferring fresh fruity character to the wine. There is an increased chance of Malolactic fermentation by lactic acid bacteria following MA33 fermentation. MA33 is a killer-sensitive strain. It is a good fermenter between 18 and 27OC (64 -80OF), with a rapid onset to fermentation although can exhibit a slow late fermentation profile and may require aeration after 10 – 12 days. Will ferment up to 14% ABV. ethanol providing the pH is above 3.2
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 so does not contribute much to wine flavour or aroma and can therefore be considered to be a particularly neutral / clean fermenter.
However CL23 does contribute significantly to the wines structure and ferments out 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 80ºC (46ºF) is required.