I started a 16L WE California Merlot Kit today. I've been away from wine making for awhile, now retired, thought I would get back in. I have not found anything about this kit here, anyone here tried it?
Agree with Jim, I will do the 16L Selection Series for whites, but for Reds I go the Eclipse or En Primeur series, note they take around 2 years to be really good. For quick drinking reds I go with the 12L kits and a lighter style like a pinot noir.
I would have bought a skins kit, but I got a great deal on this. My next one will be with skins. Since I'm just getting back into the hobby, other than the Yeast substitute, I hadn't planned any other changes since it was a 16 liter kit. I will bulk age it six months or more, maybe some additional oak depending on taste. It came with some french oak chips that went into the primary. What type of tweaks have you done on similar kits?
I'll pick up some Hungarian oak cubes, as that is what the chips they supplied were. I may split it into two or more batches after primary completes, likely in a day or two, as it was down to 1.030 last night. That way I can tweak some, and leave some alone, for comparison. Thanks for your input.