2011 Vieux Chateau du Roi
November 2011 – To avoid legal problems the kit wines that emulate a regional style have to use a different name, which are sometimes hard to figure out. This one is a Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Rhone) style wine which promies to be heavy.
Eric translated the kit name for me — “Old Castle of Kings”. I think I’ll take him to American Brewmaster with me next time to help with the kit names. 🙂
|Kit||RJ Spagnols – Heritage Estates Vieux Chateau du Roi|
|Started wine following kit directions. Stirred bentonite into hot water.
Added juice/concentrate, stirred well.
Added rehydrated elderberries.
I topped up fermenter to 6 gallons with water while Patrick kept the drill-mounted stirring rod going. This mixed it very well, initial SG was good, no sugar needed.
As with the chardonnay, I used the wine thief to check SG. The elderberries plugged it and made it a PITA to do. For future reference I will add “extras” after checking SG.
|This also fermented fast.
Racked. Using drill mounted stirring rod, stirred in sulphite, potassium sorbate, kieselsol, and chitosan.
Transferred to carboy for clearing.
|The lees compacted well after 2 week, but after 5 the lees were tight.
|01/08/2012||Green at bottling time (yeah, duh!), but promises nice flavor.|
|05/02/2014||This wine was a disappointment. It developed a bit of a harsh flavor that never went away. I wasn’t sad to see the last bottle go, and I’m hesitant about doing another one. While I realize that it was this particular kit and another kit will probably turn out better, I’m still not going to make another any time soon.|
|October 2018||Reading through my old records, it appears I’m more likely to be disappointed in the outcome of R J Spagnol kits than Winexpert.|