This kit has been available for a few years. Wine made from this kit has taken several medals in the annual Wine Maker Magazine competition, the most recent being a 2016 silver medal in the Other Red Vinifera Blends category.
Enjoy your wine making with this kit. I'm sure that you'll be pleased with the result.
Very nice kit that I have made more than once. Last weekend I bottled one that was aged in the carboy for 1 year. Quite drinkable at this point with just a bit of tartness. Another year in the bottle and it will be Eccellente!
Started this kit yesterday. It came with 60g of oak powder, and a pack of medium toast oak chips. Also, 2 nice big packs of grape skins. I poured the grapeskins directly into the fermentor, and skipped the muslin bag. I am only going to use the supplied bentonite, and no other chemicals (except sulphite every 3 months.) Planning to bulk age at least a year. Used BM4X4 yeast, and starting S.G. was 1.095. Will keep you all updated!
Just transferred to carboy today. Currently sitting at 1.020 after 8 days (my basement is only about 18 degrees C). I put a large funnel in the opening of my carboy, lined the funnel with cheese cloth and just poured the contents of the pail into the funnel. Cheese cloth trapped all of the oak, grapeskins etc. without making a mess.