The fast and reliable solution for high-alcohol malolactic fermentation.
VINIFLORA® CH16 is an Oenococcus oeni strain isolated from high-alcohol red wine. CH16 has been selected to perform malolactic fermentation in wines up to 16% (v/v) alcohol, hence the name CH16. It is extensively used in warmer climates for red wines with an alcohol percentage of 14–16% (v/v), resulting in fast and reliable malolactic fermentation.
CH16 produces a medium level of diacetyl and can therefore also be used for barrel-aged wines. It works very well with a large variety of Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine strains, and is among the best strains for use with following red varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Corvina, Nebiolo, Nero D’Avola, Tempranillo, Syrah, Grenache, Carmenere and Malbec.
CH16 can be used for early co-inoculation, late co-inoculation as well as sequential inoculation.
Pitch directly or rehydrate with nutrients for best results. Good for up to 66 gal (2.5hL).