Ours is almost a year old, but still bulk aging. Should be going into bottles sometime next month. I'll report back at that time.I bottled my fortitude today after 1 year bulk aging. This is very tart and not very fruity, no nose and a bitter finish. I hope another year in the bottles makes it better.
Anybody else taste theirs recently?
It's less than a year old. Hopefully it was fully degassed prior to bottling, otherwise it won't improve beyond where it's at. If so, let it sit for at least a year before you start opening bottles.Bottled Fortitude today, after 10 months bulk aging in carboy. According with Winexpert "Australian Fortitude – Blackcurrent, plum, cherry and spice with a dry finish." My first impressions, taste like a young dry red wine. Fruit forward, not much oak, has a dry finish. So far I have been underwhelmed by Limited Edition release. The wine needs more body.
Fully degassed. Will take your advise and let it age, I have 27 bottles uncork a bottle in 3 months and check on its progress.It's less than a year old. Hopefully it was fully degassed prior to bottling, otherwise it won't improve beyond where it's at. If so, let it sit for at least a year before you start opening bottles.
Totally agree about the LE Super Tuscan. But, my Fourtitide came out medium bodied and with the additional oak (I recall adding some Fr Med+ cubes) and finishing tannin, it was a beauty. I would have preferred a bigger wine, but I can say that for just about every kit I’ve made.Fortitude never impressed me, it was light in body and aging did not really help. It along with the LE Super Tuscan were the 2 kits that convinced me to stop doing the Winexpert LEs every year. Last year I did none of them, this year I will be doing the South African Cape Blend but if it is light in body it will be the last WE kit I do.