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Does a traditional fermentation follow the carbonic maceration?
Yes! Whenever you have whole intact berries you can get some carbonic maceration, just to a lesser extent than you get from whole cluster fermentation.
Why does whole berry provide less carbonic character than whole cluster?
Hi Raymond, I just realized that I misread your initial question. Traditional fermentation does follow carbonic maceration, and usually takes place off the skins (after pressing).
And as Natalie said, you get less carbonic character with whole berry fermentation than whole cluster because whole cluster ferments have more whole berries that stay intact longer, so there is more opportunity for carbonic maceration.
I posted a bit more on this topic in the whole berry fermentation discussion, so check that out if you’re interested.
There are just fewer berries.