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BIO Web Conf.
Volume 12, 2019
41st World Congress of Vine and Wine
Article Number 02004
Number of page(s) 3
Section Oenology
Published online 19 February 2019

© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2019

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1. Introduction

Nowadays supplementing red wines with commercial inactivated dry yeasts is a widespread practice in winemaking because it leads to better balanced wines through increased mouthfeel and smooth astringency.

This practice tries to reproduce what happens when the wines are aged in contact with lees in which yeast autolysis release significant amounts of polysaccharides and mannoproteins. In that sense, it has been described that wines aged in contact with lees or supplemented with commercial inactivated dry yeasts (IDY) has a significantly higher polysaccharide concentration (11–20%) [1]. It is also generally accepted that this enrichment in polysaccharides is the reason of the improvement of the quality of red wines treated with IDY [2]. It has been also described that supplementation with IDY in grape juice during winemaking can significantly decrease the proanthocyanidin content of red wines [34] reducing in sensory analysis the perception of green tannins, thereby increasing softness on the palate.

There are two main sources of polysaccharides in wine. One is the already mentioned yeasts autolysis (or supplementation with IDY) and the other one is the polysaccharides from grape cell walls [5]. Several studies have been published about how yeasts autolysis or supplementation with IDY affects the polysaccharide concentration and wine quality but little is known about the effect of supplementation with grape-skin extracts. The aim of this work was to study the Influence of supplementation with two commercial IDY and an experimental grape-skin extract on the color and the composition of red wine.

2. Materials and methods

2.1. Experimental design

Grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon of the AOC Tarragona of vintage 2017 were harvested at the adequate maturity. The grapes were destemmed and randomly distributed in groups of 6 kg each. The grapes were crushed and sulphited (50 mg/L). A total of 12 microvinifications were carried out in 8 L tanks especially prepared for submerged cap winemaking [6]. All the tanks were inoculated with 200 mg/L of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain (Lalvin EC1118®, Lallemand Inc.). Groups of three tanks were supplemented with 400 mg/L of Optired®, Optimum Red® (Lallemand Inc.) or with 400 mg/L of an experimental grape-skin extract respectively, while the remaining three tanks were considered as controls. All microvinifications were performed at 27 ± 1 C and after 15 days of maceration, the wines were racked, sulphited (50 mg/L), and refrigerated for one month at 4 C. Malolactic fermentation was inhibited to prevent possible variations in the rhythm of this transformation that could affect each sample differently. The wines were then decanted and bottled. All the samples were stocked at 15 ± 1 C until analysis.

Table 1.

General parameters, color and phenolic compounds.

2.2. Chemical analyses

The color intensity (CI), total phenolic index, total anthocyanins and PVPP Index were estimated using the methods described by Glories (1984) [7]. The CIELab coordinates, lightness (L∗), chroma (C∗), hue (h∗), red-greenness (a∗), and yellow-blueness (b∗), were determined according to the method used by Ayala et al. (1997) [8] and data processing was performed with MSCV software (Ayala et al., 2001) [9].

Anthocyanins were analyzed by Reversed-phase HPLC in accordance with the method described by Gil et al. (2012) [10]. The total phenolic index (TPI) was determined by measuring absorbance at 280 nm [3].

The proanthocyanidins of the wines and their mean degree of polymerization (mDP), the percentage of prodelphinidins and the percentage of galloylation were analyzed by HPLC-DAD after acid depolymerization in the presence of an excess of phloroglucinol according with the method described by Kennedy and Jones (2001) [11].

The polysaccharides were determined by HRSEC-RID according with the methodology describer by Ayestaran et al. (2004) [12].

The astringency index was estimated using the method described by Llaudy et al. (2004) [13].

3. Results and discussion

3.1. Color and phenolic compounds

Table 1 shows the results corresponding to the color and phenolic compound composition of the different wines.

These results indicate that the supplementation with the two types of IDY or with the skin extract did not originate any significant change in any of these parameters.

3.2. Polysaccharide composition

Figure 1 shows the polysaccharide composition of the different wines.

As it can be seen, the supplementation with the two types of IDY and with the skins extract caused a significant increase in the concentration of total polysaccharides. The enrichment was mainly due to the fractions F2 and F3 with molecular weights between 40–144 kDa and 5–40 kDa respectively.

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Polysaccharide composition.

3.3. Proanthocyanidin composition

Figure 2 shows the proanthocyandin composition of the different wines.

No significant changes were detected in the total proanthocyanidin concentration of the treated wines in relation with the non-treated control. However supplementation with both IDY and with the skin extract caused significant increase of the mean degree of polymerization (mDP) and of the percentage of prodelphinidins. Moreover, the percentage of galloylation tended to decrease in the treated wines although this reduction was only significant in the case of the wine treated with Optimum Red®.

Since skin tannins are richer in prodelphinidins, and have higher mDP and a lower percentage of galloylation than seed tannins [10], these results suggest that the supplementation with these three sources of polysaccharides have increased the proportion of skin tannins and reduced the proportion of seed tannins in the treated wines.

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Proanthocyanidin composition.

3.4. Astringency

Figure 3 shows the astringency of the different wines measured by means of the ovalbumin index.

The results are very clear and indicate that the supplementation with both IDY and with the skin extract decreased significantly the astringency of these red wines.

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4. Conclusions

It can be concluded that supplementation with both inactive yeasts or with the skin extract reduces wine astringency and modifies the wine composition. The action mechanism seems to be related to two different phenomena. In one hand, inactive yeasts and skin extract release polysaccharides and oligosaccharides which inhibit interactions between salivary proteins and tannins. And in the other hand, it seems that all these sources of polysaccharides increase the proportion of skin tannins, which are less astringent because they are richer in prodelphinidins and have a lower percentage of galloylation, and reduce the proportion of the more astringent tannins from seeds which does not contain prodelphinidins, have a lower mDP and a higher percentage of galloylation.


We would like to thank CICYT (Project AGL2014-56594-C2-1-R) and CDTI (Program CIEN) “Nuevas estrategias vitivinícolas para la sostenibilidad y el incremento de la competitividad del sector en el mercado internacional (Project VINySOST 2014).”


All Tables

Table 1.

General parameters, color and phenolic compounds.

All Figures

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Polysaccharide composition.

In the text
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Proanthocyanidin composition.

In the text
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In the text

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