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ICV D254 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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I have used this yeast previously with good results.
Jane C on Aug 16, 2018
I've used it before.
Michael B on Aug 14, 2018
I have used this yeast previously with good results.
Jane C on Aug 16, 2018
Helps finish the wine, provides a big back end, and pulls out lots of color
Chris H on Aug 15, 2018
I've used it before.
Michael B on Aug 14, 2018
used before
Harpreet S on Aug 14, 2018
Excellent previous experience
Harry J on Aug 6, 2018
Used before, worked well
John M B on Jul 30, 2018
Chardonnay
Frank F on Jul 24, 2018
Blending
Stephen G on Jun 26, 2018
I making Malbec and the MoreWine manual does not include this varietal so I found an article in Wine Maker magazine.
Jim S on Apr 30, 2018
For primary fermentation
Peter F on Apr 21, 2018
Because of your yeast guide
Christopher A on Apr 13, 2018
Friend's recommendation
Marcus D on Feb 20, 2018
Blends well with lavlin d80
Tony on Jan 18, 2018
Helps finish the wine, provides a big back end, and pulls out lots of color
Chris H on Aug 15, 2018
used before
Harpreet S on Aug 14, 2018
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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
Purchased
3 months ago
Terrific
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