Isaac Chavel wrote:And I thought, from the discussions last spring/summer, that their (Hagafen & Herzog) secret was flash-heating before pasteurization. My memory faulty?
Isaac, Did you mean before bottling? Indeed Herzog, Hagafen, and others do flash-heat their wines early on, after fermentation, but well before malolactic fermentation (if not filtered away). Essentially, they flash the liquid as soon as the wine becomes wine. The poorer wines are flashed at bottling, as the desire there is to keep some wines unflashed (like in Israel), where almost all the wine sold there now has stopped being flashed (unless it is made for Badatz), but the wines sold for export are flashed. So they flash it as bottling, which is the WORST TIME possible to flash a wine.