Discussion in 'Wine & Cider Kit Reviews' started by bobsbeer, May 25, 2013.
This was a real surprise - in a good way.
I've been home brewing beer for several years but was not convinced you could make a good home-made wine, despite the lady in the LHBS telling me otherwise. I was wrong. Made up this 6 bottle kit in a demijohn I had lying around, followed the instructions - it looked a bit like milk to start with but suddenly started clearing at the end of the fermentation. I've drank 2 of the 6 bottles so far and it's as it says on the tin, a Pinot Grigiot - I'm no wine expert but it's very palatable and tastes good according to a few who've tried it. And for around Â£2 a bottle.
Definately recommended, I shall be doing more of these, and the 6 bottle version works for me because it takes up less space, and we're not massive wine drinkers anyway.
Just done one of their reds too (Barolo) which is equally as nice, but maybe still a bit "young" (very fruity) - but not bad by any means. Plan to leave a few bottles of each to age a good few months.
I am also making my first wine kits and opted for the Beaverdale Pinot Grigio and Beaverdale Merlot 6 bottle. The Pinot should be ready for bottling Sunday and will probably drink a bottle straight away as the sample I tasted during racking was very promising. If these are going to be as good as I think they are I will have to have a go at the 30 bottle kits.
Just want to add to my previous post. Had this kit bottled for a week and already 3 bottles gone. Beautiful floral aroma, with a fruity crisp dry finish. Even though its young I have enjoyed this more than the cheap supermarket Pinot Grigios and works out cheaper. This kit seems to go milky at the start so do not be concerned as it starts to clear at the end of the fermentation. Would like to leave a couple of bottles to mature but I know they will be drank if swmbo has anything to do with it.
Just tried another bottle after 2 months of ageing and it's matured really well, hard to do a like-for-like comparison but this now tastes as good as any sub-Â£10 bottle of Pinot Grigio I've tested. Gonna do a 30 bottle batch of this next time, well recommended.
Am pretty much a total newb so please excuse the stoopid questions...
Had done a couple of Wilko's wine kits and two Festival ale kits, all of which have turned out somewhere between OK and excellent - then decided to take the plunge with a "posh" wine kit. Went for thr Beaverdale Pinot Grigio. Mrs Rucky likes pinot so thought that was as good a one to do as any. Put the six-bottle kit on last night and even 24 hours later there is almost no krausen. It's definitely fermenting because I lifted the lid just now and took a whiff - nearly fell over!! In people's experience is this a slow-brewing kit? Should I even expect a krausen with wine? Also, I know some people have said to expect the must to turn "milky" but mine still looks nice and clear so far (24 hr in). Should I be concerned? Would hate to think I've mucked up a 12-quid, 6-bottle kit... :hmm:
Please explain in simple language!
Going pretty well now, 72 hours after I pitched it. No need to have fretted I guess. :cheers:
I've done three wine kits now, this pinot was my second (the third being a Vineco white merlot)
Have to say that this pinot is our favourite and I will be doing it again in the new year. Lovely flavours and crisp/fresh, plus its getting better with age although it was good even on the day of bottling.
My LHBS told me the beaverdale kits are better as they have more grape juice in them, all be it a slightly higher cost.
First class wine
This was my first wine kit (6 bottle kit) and left it for the other half to drink as I am not a fan of White wines.
I got a big thumbs up from her and also from her folks so take that as a good sign. The 6 bottles that I bottled on the 14th December are down to 3 so it's not going to get long to mature so I have just ordered a 30 bottle kit so that'll be fermenting soon.
Just started my second one of these kits as we were getting low on Pinot. Can't run out of this one!
After my initial review at the top of this thread back in May, I stashed a bottle away for Xmas, which we drank last night. All I can say is wow Leaving it 6 months has made it even better.
Can also recommend the Beaverdale Chardonnay kit, which produces another cracking white. I've tried some of the reds too, and whilst they're OK, I wouldn't say the results are as good as the whites, which in my opinion are as good as any sub-Â£10 bottle of wine I've ever bought.
I have done this kit several times always with good results. its a good early drinker probably even better after 3 months but has never made it that far.
I put this straight into 5ltr bags and always have one in the fridge.
Made a bit of a mistake on my last batch and bagged it too early resulting in the wine not being as clear is I have made it before, but this does not effect the taste and still a nice easy drinker.
I do prefer the taste of the Kenridge pinot which is very nice early and just gets better and better!
Just bottled my Beaverdale Pinot Grigio today and it has a lovely taste already. This was my first ever Beaverdale and I followed the recipe to the letter. It cleared within a week of finishing the process and has an amazing clarity.
Nice to hear that the whites hold up to the reds. Not really into white myself but.....:arrow:
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