A secondary malolactic fermentation, in which malic acid is converted to lactic acid, can offer further complexity and stability to cider and perry. Whether a traditional, light-bodied or fruit-driven brew, malolactic bacteria can be used to further enhance flavors and aromas, such as fruit or diacetyl, and can soften the perception of acid. Chr. Hansen’s Viniflora® bacteria is pure Oenococcus oeni and is available in a direct inoculation format.
Viniflora® CiNe™ is a freeze-dried, direct inoculation starter culture of Oenococcus oeni. CiNe is a unique strain that does not metabolize citric acid therefore it does not produce diacetyl or the typical buttery/creamy flavor traditionally linked to malolactic cultures.