- Nov 27, 2020
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I’ve just done my first wine kit, a wineworks red wine (rioja supposedly), made to 23l i got 28 bottles out of it, which came with the equipment kit, i bottled it 3 weeks ago after 2 weeks fermenting and around 10 days clearing and conditioning at 12°c. The kit had 5litres of juice and 500ml of concentrate as well as oak chips and the finings solution, I added all as instructions said and de gassed with a wand after I’d syphoned from fermenter to demijohn. I thought I’d try a bottle yesterday to see how it’s doing as it says ready to drink after 3 weeks in the bottle, first impressions are it’s pretty weak tasting almost watery, there is definitely a dry red wine taste the more you drink but that initial sip tastes pretty watery. Is this normal, is this what would be described as a young wine, it certainly isn’t full bodied at the moment, will that come with more time in the bottle? I plan on trying a bottle every 2 weeks from now to see if it progresses to a more rounded fuller wine. Don’t get me wrong it doesn’t taste nasty and it’s definitely drinkable now but definitely wouldn't compare it to a rioja, I’m hoping that will come with more time in the bottle or am i expecting too much from a kit wine.