Robust, reliable & neutral – useful for a wide range of applications; original strain not to be under estimated.
Isolated in Champagne, EC1118 has a wide range of applications where a rapid neutral fermentation is required, including fermentation of white and red wines table wines, secondary fermentation, late harvest whites and also for barrel fermentations and restarting stuck ferments.
EC1118 has high fermentation vigour, low nitrogen demand, ferments over a wide temperature range (10°- 30°C), tolerates up to 18% v/v alcohol, and is killer active. Flocculates well with very compact lees.
Relatively high level of colour extraction in red wines.
Under low nutrient conditions, EC1118 can produce significant amounts of SO2 (eg. up to 50 mg/L) which may contribute to MLF inhibition.
When SO2 production is low, this yeast is MLF compatible.