On The House Wine Kits
On The House is a range of premium quality craft winemaking kits that requires no added sugar (all of the sugar content is contained within the grape juice). These kits are easy to make and even easier to enjoy. 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 produce around 30 bottles (5 gallon - 22.5 litres) of delicious wine. Simple and straightforward, choose your favourite red, white or blush style and be proud of these easy-drinking everyday house wines.
What is Merlot
On The House Merlot produces an exceptionally smooth, low tannin wine rich in flavours of blackberry and black currant. Merlot is one of the most popular red wines on the market. 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.
Description: Red fruit & Oak
- A 6-litre pouch of Merlot style grape concentrate
- 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?
This kit contains all the ingredients you’ll need, but you’ll also need the following equipment:
- Food grade fermenter of no less than 25 L capacity
- Syphon kit
- Mixing spoon/paddle
- Sanitiser for the equipment
- 30 x 750 ml wine bottles with corks or stoppers
We also recommend the use of a Vinbrite filter to clear wine to a professional standard.
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 complemented with camembert and crusty bread.
If you can leave it a few months to mature, the wine will greatly improve.