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Punch Chateau Rouge 30 Bottle Wine Kit

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LED_ZEP

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I'm making this for the third time so that should say something.
It's fruity and makes a lovely drink, one thing it's not doing is trying to emulate a good quality red wine but at around £30 that's fine.
There's no oak flavours, body is lacking but it's makes up for this with fruitiness, a light pleasant quaff.
If your looking for a cheap kit as a base for making additions too this would be great. I'm going to add some elderberries next time I make this but you could add some blackberries etc. If you have a small grape vine that doesn't produce enough grapes to make a worthwhile batch of wine, try adding to this.
One other thing it has a big pack of yeast/nutrient to try and make this fast fermenting. Just use a third of the pack and expect a normal two week ferment, why risk losing those fruity aromas to a violent fermentation.

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Is the juice compound supplied in a bag (old style) or Jerry can type (new style)?
Sam said the new version is a different compound and should make a slightly better wine. Just wondering if you notice any difference?
I've done the bagged compound and thought it was tasty enough. Not long ago bought a Merlot and a Nebbiolo, new type so looking forward to see how they turn out

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It's 7Kg net weight of grape concentrate with sugar (so something under under 7l of liquid but not pure grape concentrate) in a bag. The best before date is Oct 21 so ain't old stock and I remember the one before was a in a bag, so I've not had the new jerry can style as yet.

Edit: I also made the nebbiolo and reviwed it a while back, Punch Nebbiolo 30 Bottle Wine Kit (From Creative Winemaking) but prefer this for the fruitiness
 
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The two I've got both have September 22 dates and are in the Jerry can things.
I'm about 1/4 way through a kenridge classic Nebbiolo and I'm not getting £20 worth of improvement over the std £30 ish kits. If anything I'd say the beaverdale version I did a couple of years ago was nicer than the kenridge. Be a while before I get around to do the punch version.
Out of comparison I've opened a gifted bottle of m&s Italian red, listed at £8 on the ocado website. I preferred the punch house red although the marks wine isn't particularly highly rated.

Cheers. Tom
 
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