Don't depend on their statement of the TA, PH or BRIX. Always check it again, yourself, just to be sure. These readings can differ from one grape bunch to another on the same vine. When they test, they take a sample of a sometimes very large quantity of grapes. It may or may not be representative of what you get.Yeah, I just got the 23 liters of Cab/Merlot from Chile for $48. A friend made a drive to another state and picked it up. It's also balanced at a specific Brix, 21 I think.
Not sure this applies to making wine from juice, but for the kits they have you put the oak chips into your primary and leave them behind for secondary. So they are only on the oak for about a week.Also, I want to add oak to my cab/merlot - dump the chips into the carboy for secondary fermentation and rack the wine on top?