'The House of Beaverdale' Wine Kits

Picture of Beaverdale Wine Kit Boxes

These notes are copied from the RICHIES Vintage product guide.

Available in 6 and 30 bottle packs.   Only the best quality grapes are used to produce these kits.   All come complete so all you do is add water.   These wines will improve with keeping, but we do believe even within a week of making, you will be delighted with the finished taste.

The aging period depends on many factors.   For example, using a long, high quality cork or adding some extra sulphite at bottling will extend the maximum age period. The general guideling for Beaverdale wines is that Beaverdale red wines are best after 2 months and best before 1 year after bottling.   The Beaverdale white wines are best after 1 month and best before 1 year after bottling.

Storage plays a big role in the aging process and can make or break a finished wine.   Generally, white wines, sweet wines and champagne above all - are more frail than reds.   Grape varieties can also make a difference - for example, Cabernet Sauvignon wines are generally more resilient than Pinot Noirs.   However, always minimising the risks involved in bottle storage - heat, light, lack of humidity and constant movement - is the wisest plan.

The ideal Storage temperature is 7 to 13 degrees C (45 to 55 degrees F).   Wines can be stored up to 20 degrees C (68 degrees F), but note that wine matures much more rapidly at higher temperatures.   At lower temperatures, slower maturation allows more complexity to develop.   Constant temperature is the key - wide fluctuations should be avoided.

Sunlight and ultraviolet light are as bad for wine as excessive heat, but are problems usually much easier to overcome.   Though most wines are protected by coloured glass bottles, place wines in areas away from light or cover them with a blanket.

Humidity - Some degree of humidity is beneficial to ensure that the exposed end of the cork does not dry out and allow in oxygen.   Thus, beware air conditioners that suck moisture out of the air.   Ideally, relative humidity should be between 60% and 75%.

Movement - Wine does not take well to constant movement and vibration (particularly if there is sediment present), thus a secure storage space is necessary.   Secure storage should also mean storing bottles horizontally, allowing constant countact of the wine with the cork and preventing it from drying out and letting air in.

White Wine Kits

Chardonnay - Fragrant and crisp wines derived from Chardonnay are rich and well balanced with wonderful body and finesse and a lingering after taste.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

Sauvignon Blanc - A good basic dry white wine made from the grape of the same region.   Can be blended with other gapes to make wines such as White Biordeaux.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

Muscadet - Muscadets are often soft and neutral with a touch of residual sugar.   The combination of fresh acidity with overtones of flint and minerals make excellent wines.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

Pinot Grigio - A dry wine with a pleasant zip of acidity and a floral fragrance with tremendous flavours, making it an ideal social wine.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

California White - Using the Chenin Grape this varietal produces a wine with a mellow, fruity character with a distinctive floral after taste.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

Gewurztraminer - Produces a very spicy wine with a pronounced, sometimes heavily perfumed bouquet.   Generally dry with a slight sweet after taste.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

White Burgundy - A full bodied wine with robust peach and apricot flavours.   Ideal for drinking any time.

Chardonnay/Semillon - The combination of these two exceptional varieties gives a depth of complexity and character. Dry, fruity bouquet accented with a hint of oak (using the oak chips).

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)
Rose or Blush Wine Kit

Chablis Blush - A light and refreshing wine.   One of the many styles of blush wines to follow in the footsteps of the Zinfandel Blush.

(Sweetness: Off-Dry - Oak : Medium)
Red Wine Kits

Cabernet Sauvignon - The full-bodied, complex wines made from this grape are well-balanced and intense with splendid fragrances.   they are high in tannin with a velvety finish.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

Merlot - This grape produces a rich, fruity, non-astringent wine.   Because of its softness it is often blended with many of the world's finest red wines.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

Rioja Red - The Rioja valley in Spain produces excellent red wines.   Rioja wines contain about a dozen different grape varieties and age exceptionally well.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

Barolo - An enormously robust wine with a good depth of colour.   These are velvety wines of extraordinary elegance with a hint of violets and a long finish.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

California Red - A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignane grapes, deep in colour and full in flavour making this a great table wine.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

Shiraz - A super ripe fruity and bold flavoured wine.   A delicious and satisfying New World wine with peppery undertones.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

Pinot Noir - This popular grape produces a wine with very fruity, yet spicy characteristics. Pinot Noir has a velvety flavour that is met with a fullness of aroma resembling black currants.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)

Vieux Chateau Du Roi - Full-bodied yet soft and quick to mature.   A fine oak aroma makes this anj ideal accompaniment to hearty dishes.

(Sweetness: Dry - Oak : Light)