I did that kit about 3 years ago and still have some left. It is just a touch thin, but an excellent wine at a reasonable price. I think it is one of the best WE has ever made. It has a fair amount of oak, but the fruit still comes through well. Two thumbs up on this one.
i made this kit. It was darker than Rose but lighter than Beaujolais. Very pink. The body was light, but alcohol was average. also very acidic, with a bit of a grapefruit tang. Best to think of it as a Rose, I suppose. In fact i mixed 12 oz of this with 48 ounces of my Sauvignon Blanc, and I thought it was a decent rose.
I have made this wine several times, in fact, it replaced a Cabernet Merlot in my rotation. It has been good young and aged well, but does not seem to improve after one year. I wouldn't ever make a kit to less than the expected volume.
My wife, bonus daughter and I decided that a blend of our Cab Sauv, Sryah, and Zin was best at equal amounts of each. I wanted to field blend them prior to fermentation, but we did them separate. This was Chilean from 2018. Almost ready to filter then bottle.
Got a taste and a look at my SE. Nice and clear, and tasting green... very young. I’m going to rack it off the fine lees, then leave it alone for three months. Depending on taste, I might add some tannin and age some more. Time will tell.
I’ve been contemplating fall grapes. Would not be too disappointed doing the field blend as suggested.
Made a little mistake this week. I racked and dosed this wine for a second time in a month. I’m sure it’s fine, but I don’t have a tester to see what my so2 levels are... was thinking I’d leave it for 4 months, rack and dose, then bottle.