What is it?
Beaverdale is a premium quality wine kit which requires no added sugar (all of the sugar content is contained within the grape juice). Everything you need to make this wine is included with the kit (except water). The wine can be drunk young, but unlike some 3-week wine kits, it will continue to mature if you are patient. This kit will make 5 gallons (22.5 litres) of wine, which will produce around 6 bottles of delicious wine.
The Beaverdale range is very popular and is amongst the highest quality 5-gallon wine kits available on the market.
What is Merlot?
Merlot is a dry dark blue-coloured wine and classed as one of the most popular red wines varietals in many markets. Merlot in French means The Little Blackbird, probably a reference to the colour of the grape. While Merlot flavour can vary depending upon where it is grown climate-wise, you will typically get notes of blue, black and red fruits. These tasting notes are backed by undertones of vanilla, cocoa and various earth tones.
Merlot because of its softness and early ripening is a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin. Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, and it is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux wine regions.
- A pouch of Merlot style grape concentrate
- A sachet of oak chips
- A sachet of yeast
- A sachet of wine stabiliser to end the fermenting process
- Sachets of Chitosan and Kieselsol wine finings to clear the wine
- Full instructions
What equipment do you need?
Basic 5 gallon winemaking equipment, for example, plastic bucket or fermenter, bung, airlock and sterilizer. You will find these under the starter kit section of this website.
Merlot wine matches with a wide variety of foods because of its position in the middle of the red wine spectrum. Merlot pairs well with chicken, lightly spiced dark meats, and slow cooked beef stew. Merlot is also a perfect match for tomato-based pasta dishes and pizza. It is also complimented with camembert and crusty bread.
We recommend using a Vinbrite filter to clear the wine to a professional standard.
If you can leave it a few months to mature, the wine will greatly improve