When to bottle 2nd run

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Al Hatfield

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I made a batch of merlot in September 2020 and after pressing the grapes I tried my first 2nd run batch. My question is when do I bottle? I’m new to grape wine making all together and have figured I’ll bottle my grape wines in the summer in time to use the carboys for the new year batch. But is it the same for a 2nd run? I read “you drink the 2nd run while u wait for the 1st” but how early should I start drinking it? So far it looks clear and I think it tastes pretty good but will it be better if I bulk age longer?
 

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once wine is clear can bottle. as wine maybe short on tannin aging might not improve it very munch. if it taste good now drink it now.
 

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The guys that taught me bottled as early as December for September grapes, and were drinking in January. A lot of this depends on how hard you pressed the 1st run -- if you pressed hard, there was less "good stuff" in the grapes for the 2nd run.

The wine is not going to have a long shelf life, typically 1 to 3 years, so if you're happy with it? Enjoy!
 

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