Left bunge out of bulk aging chardonnay for a week!

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Made a really nice Chardonnay and decided to let it bulk age, 1st time I've done this. Was getting a sample to taste after about a month and forgot to put the bunge back in! I am scared that I have ruined it! It smells fine. Any advice or tips would be appreciated. I don't want to bottle it if its just going to oxidize on me. Thanks!
 

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Made a really nice Chardonnay and decided to let it bulk age, 1st time I've done this. Was getting a sample to taste after about a month and forgot to put the bunge back in! I am scared that I have ruined it! It smells fine. Any advice or tips would be appreciated. I don't want to bottle it if its just going to oxidize on me. Thanks!
Get it sulfited pronto, that will stop / prevent any oxidation from starting / continuing. If it looks the proper color, and tastes like it should, probably no harm done. I’m betting that you had it topped up well, a lifesaver in situations like this.
 

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Agree with John, Get it sulphited now!
All air exposure (even going back to the grape press) will do some degredation of the wine. Wine is a soup of oxidized and reduced chemicals, all wineries use the redox potential up as the wine is manufactured and ages. OK this is life.

I posted a page on oxidation if you are really, really, really interested.
This post evaluates ten webinars,, “BOOK REVIEWs” related to air exposure (AKA redox potential) while making wine. -> -> # six -> -> continued on next page
 

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Will add the suphites this morning. Do you think 1/4 tsp for 6 gallons will be enough? Yes had it topped off pretty good. Thanks for the webinars Rice_guy lots of info. Thank you both for the quick response!
 

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Will add the suphites this morning. Do you think 1/4 tsp for 6 gallons will be enough? Yes had it topped off pretty good. Thanks for the webinars Rice_guy lots of info. Thank you both for the quick response!
I might go a bit heavy and use a 1/2 tsp for 6 gallons, just for the extra benefit. But either way is probably fine.
 
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