Elderflowers not only make a delicious syrup, they can also be processed into a well-tasting wine with a little patience.
Wine does not necessarily have to be made from grapes, as cider or cherry wine proves. But elderflower wine? Very few people know that not only the typical syrup for Hugo and Co. can be obtained from Holler.
Wine made from elderflower: possible with yeast cultures
In addition to syrup, elderflower can also be used to make wine. © Weingartner-Foto/Imago
Whether as a gift or for your own enjoyment on a beautiful summer evening - elderflower wine is a fruity change from conventional wine and can be compared to a semi-dry white wine. Practical: You can determine the sugar content yourself. A homemade wine can be quite tough, because depending on the ripeness of the fruit or flowers, the yeast type of the yeast and the fermentation temperature, a finished wine can come to a whopping 18% alcohol, about as much as there is in a good Amarone wine.
As Kochbar explains, you can make wine from elderflowers with a little know-how. If you get it from the flowers, it becomes light, while elderberry wine made from the same berries is dark and has a tart, more intense taste. This is how the preparation of about two 0.75 liter bottles of homemade wine works:
- First of all, it is important to shake out the flowers in order to remove such small animals. Showering also helps. Remove the stems.
- Then dissolve 500 grams of sugar in 1.7 litres of warm water, let it cool lukewarm and pour the sugar solution into a fermentation balloon together with the flowers, ten grams of citric acid and a yeast nutrient salt tablet and close it with the fermentation attachment.
- Fermentation begins within two to four days and the container should be shaken once a day. If, after about three to four weeks, no more air escapes during shaking and the wine no longer bubbles, fermentation is finished.
- Now you can decant the golden-yellow wine and sift or squeeze it through a sheet. For another four to five days, it is placed in the cleaned fermentation balloon with a fermentation attachment for self-clarification. Then comes the sulfurization, which is done with potassium disulfite. Thus, the yeast dies and the wine is ready to be peeled and bottled in glass bottles.
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A certain turbidity will be retained in the natural product even after clarification. The elderflower wine can not only be drunk pure, it also tastes infused with Prosecco or sparkling wine and has a shelf life of several years.