Elderberry and Ribena port

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  1. Nov 25, 2017 #1

    stevey

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    when I was in my wine making stage, I decided to make an elderberry wine. I foraged a carrier bag full of rip elderberries, but when I came to make the wine there wasn't enough. I decided to top up the fruit content with Ribena.

    Anyway, I sort of lost interest in making wine so it's been in the demijohn for about two years :oops: (I made sure I kept the airlock topped up).

    So today, because I needed the airlock for fermenting beer, I bottled it.
    It tastes lovely, just like port! :grin:

    It's a pity I haven't a clue about the recipe, because I think it's going to go down well at Xmas.

    Does wine turn into port if you don't bottle it for ages?
     
  2. Nov 25, 2017 #2

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    Sorry, port is made by adding brandy to the wine early in its fermentation. That what gives port it's sweet heaviness and high alcohol content.
    Sounds like yours is just a really nicely aged wine,and with elderberry having a high tannin level, it's matured with a good body.
    Got my elderberry wine sat in DJs and I have no plans on bottling it for at least a year.
     
  3. Nov 26, 2017 #3

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    Put some of the cheapest brandy you can find in, then it'll be closer to Port :)
     
  4. Nov 27, 2017 #4

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    I just finished making a 5 gallon batch of Port Wine a couple of days ago. The ingredients were a full 30 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon wine kit, dried elderberries, 8 pints of steam extracted blackberry juice from last year, about 3 pounds of fresh blackberries, bananas, grape juice, sugar, yeast and water.

    I made a similar batch a couple of years ago, and although it was drunk young, it was fantastic. Learnt a lot from that batch, especially that it needs a long maturation time. I put the Brandy in at the end, once its stable and clear. After a few searches online it works out that 10 fluid ounces of Brandy should be added per gallon.
     

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