ICV D254 Yeast - Dry Wine Yeast

ICV D254 Yeast - Dry Wine Yeast

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Rhone isolate for both red and white wines. Vigorous fermenter with a short lag time, this yeast creates enhanced mouthfeel and color stability due to polysaccharide-tannin complexing. Benefits include a high fore-mouth volume, big mid-palate mouthfeel, and intense fruit concentration in all wines, with the following differences: In red wines, ICV-D254 gives a jammy, concentrated, yet soft ripe fruit character, that can often have licorice and a mild spiciness to it. Red wines made with ICV-254 may be blended with ICV-D80 (DYW66) for a more concentrated, fuller-bodied wine. In white wines, however, butterscotch, smoke, hazelut, and almond characters are common but the yeast will definitely require nutrients. Some premium Chardonnay winemakers blend this yeast with CY3079 (DYW64) to create a wine with nutty aromas and a creamy mouthfeel. ICV-D254 is a vigorous fermenter, which means that it will run hot and fast if you let it get away from you, so rein it in if possible. For best results, 53 to 82 degrees F is recommended. Tolerant up to 16% alcohol.

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Used before
Douglas K on Sep 17, 2021
works well for me
Matthew H on Sep 14, 2021
Used before
Douglas K on Sep 17, 2021
Very good results with Cab Sauv and Cab Franc.
John S on Sep 16, 2021
works well for me
Matthew H on Sep 14, 2021
I've used this last year good results
Robert C on Sep 10, 2021
Recommended, 3 years of good results.
Philip P on Sep 8, 2021
Prior Year Experience
Bruce M on Sep 1, 2021
I wanted to see if would would work will to make my Petite Syrah jammy and add complexity.
Manon M. C on Aug 31, 2021
Great Yeast
Michael B on Aug 18, 2021
try something different
Scott M on Aug 18, 2021
Matthew H on Aug 14, 2021
ive used it before and like it
Anthoula R on Aug 12, 2021
Past experience was very good for my Leon Millot grapes
Dennis D on Aug 6, 2021
I saw it in a dream
Don C on Jul 27, 2021
Claimed it was good for red wines.
Paul G on Jul 23, 2021
Good for barrel fermentation.
Joseph K on May 6, 2021
Sur-Lie Mead
Michael L on Apr 23, 2021
Great for barrel fermenting and Sur Lee aging while bringing out darker flavors.
Joseph K on Apr 1, 2021
I ran out of D254 yesterday. It is a great yeast for Merlot.
David B on Mar 27, 2021
Very good MLF compatibility. One of the lowest methanol-producing yeasts. Using for meads and melomels. Makes red ferments jammier and white ferments butterscotchy.
Victoria E L on Feb 9, 2021
Very popular yeast for full bodied pinot noir
Michael R on Jan 20, 2021
This yeast has produced great reds for me.
Michael S on Nov 10, 2020
Dependable results year after year.
Scott D on Oct 14, 2020
Good for cab. Tried it before and liked the results
Justin Z on Oct 5, 2020
Frank A H on Oct 3, 2020
Comparing to D21 for trad mead
Jim E on Sep 25, 2020
making a wine
Andrea E on Sep 24, 2020
Valued C on Sep 22, 2020
It works
Ricker O on Sep 16, 2020
For chardonnay
Mary H on Sep 15, 2020
good previous experience
Russ Brodeur on Sep 15, 2020
For Chardonnay
Joe G on Sep 9, 2020
I use this every year to produce great Norton wine.
Robert L on Sep 9, 2020
Referred to me by a wine expert.
Philip P on Sep 5, 2020
Past performance
Leonard H on Aug 28, 2020
Great yeast to use with Norton grapes
Janice M on Aug 27, 2020
Vintner recommended this
Doug L on Aug 27, 2020
been using for 3 years, and really like the results
John J on Aug 27, 2020
Recommended by my wine making friend from napa
Lisa W on Aug 27, 2020
pleased with red wine quality in previous years
Neil Jaquet on Aug 27, 2020
Workhorse fermenter
Ken J on Aug 25, 2020
have used this one for years and love the results on bold red wines
Smits H on Aug 19, 2020
winemaker magazine
Adrienne E on Aug 13, 2020
It was recommended for a cranberry orange session mead.
Eric Y on Aug 13, 2020
Previous use yielded great white wine
Tim B on Aug 13, 2020
Have used before with success
Dennis D on Aug 11, 2020
Based on reviews
Richard E. R on Aug 7, 2020
Used with d 80 on my shiraz
Tom B on Aug 5, 2020
Sounds like it is a good yeast for Malbec
Sharon T on Apr 30, 2020
Used D254 last year to a great result.
Mario Montemor Da S on Apr 16, 2020
The grapes I plan to do for the spring are good with this yeast
craig M on Mar 23, 2020
Very good results with Cab Sauv and Cab Franc.
John S on Sep 16, 2021
I've used this last year good results
Robert C on Sep 10, 2021

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Rated 5 out of 5
Lalvin ICV D254
If you like making Merlot wine, then D254 works great with the Merlot fermentation.
April 21, 2021
5 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Yeast worked great .
Ordered this yeast for my Marquette - fermented fully, and brought out some of the spice characteristics in the wine.
September 30, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
ICVD54 wine yeast
I've used ICVD54 before and enjoy the cabernet it produces. Also like ICVD21.
September 28, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
best for dry wine
D254 is perfect for dry wine. always turns out perfect. Not too high alcohol content but just enough. Not easy to find on the market. glad we found it here.
September 23, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 1 out of 5
Was not active
I've used this before with good results but this one was dead.
August 16, 2019
over 2 years ago
Response from MoreFlavor
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August 19, 2019
Graciela H
Rated 5 out of 5
This is my go to yeast. Never had a problem and always has finished strong.
November 12, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Yeast
I’ve used D254 yeast before and it is great for almost all red wines. I like it especially with Cabernet and Syrah.
September 20, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
i use this yeast for quite a Number of years and I continue use it because I always have very good fermantion and also very good taste and colour.
May 8, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
After consulting with the people from Lallemand, I decided to use a D254 for half of my 2013 Chilean Malbec. The other half I used D21. I then blended them back together prior to secondary fermentation. It is an awesome way to see what different yeasts contribute and when they come together they make even a more complex wine.
May 2, 2014