Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz

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Re: Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz

Postby pixel » Tue Jul 01, 2014 22:46

Thanks Bob :-)

Ok, so I have now made the following mixture of 6 and 30 bottle kits:
California Connisseur Barollo
Beaverdale rioja
Wineworks Rioja
Beaverdale Merlot
Selection Vieux Chateau
Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz
Beaverdale Vieux Chateau

I brewed the Cabernet Shirz starting a couple months ago, all went as per usual.

After racking and finings, I left it in the container for a couple weeks then ‘bottled’ into a polypin.

Of the previous Beaverdale kits (rioja and Merlot) I have to say this is (early days) the best for my tastes.

It has a good spicyness that I like, a little less sweet than the others I have made. A very wine like nose for a HB kit that is so young. As you guys (and ladies) know it is v difficult to describe this stuff so I would simply make the following ‘Pixel comparison Chart’ which I intend to update on an ongoing basis with new reviews. After trying to paste a table from Word I have given up and instead post the following, happy to reformat if anyone knows how!

1. Wine
2. Initial Overview
3. After a month or two

1. California conniseur Barolla
2. Very dark in colour, not v clear? Put off tasting it and chucked it in a few bottles just on the off chance.
3. Wow, was very pleased and surprised. This turned into a very impressive full bodied wine. Best ‘aged’ HB I have done

1. Beaverdale Rioja
2. Light and fruity, very drinkable, perhaps a little sweet.
3. Developed Rioja characterisitics but stayed a little too sweet for my tastes.

1. Winworks Rioja
2. Was light and fruity but had acetone overtones which did recede over time.
3. Quaffable but not memorable.

1. Beaverdale Merlot
2. A little jumbled, v drinkable but not v impressed at the time, much preferred the Beaverdale Vieux Chateau done at the same time
3. Much much improved, beats the Vieux chateau, more complex and rewarding.

1. Selection Vieux Chateau
2. Some slight acetones (like the Wineworks rioja I did). This is fading. Behind this is a very smooth and full bodied (but not overly dark) wine. I have high hopes for this one.
3. Not yet there.

1. Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz
2. This is immensely quaffable from day one. Spicy, a much more ‘wine like’ nose right from the get go. My favourite of the sub 50 quid packs to date. But let’s see how it progresses.
3. Not yet there.

1. Beaverdale Vieux Chateau
2. Very quaffable from day one, not complex, quite light and fruity.
3. Did not seem to develop much complexity or depth but remained very pleasant.
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Re: Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz

Postby bobsbeer » Tue Jul 01, 2014 22:58

A month or 2 is a short time to age. I would leave at least 4 months.
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Re: Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz

Postby pixel » Wed Jul 02, 2014 21:30

Thanks Bob

Ultimately that is the aim, but I do find there is a noticeable improvement from 1-3 weeks to 4-8 weeks. And to be honest some of the wine does not make it more than 3 months :drunk:
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Re: Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz

Postby art b » Wed Jul 02, 2014 22:50

well... you need to do progress tasting... :thumb:

Brew in a bag ....the darker side of the dark side ....
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Re: Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz

Postby VIGNERON » Thu Jul 03, 2014 20:13

The Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz is on my to do list.
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Re: Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz

Postby Kermie » Tue Jul 22, 2014 21:23

My Beaverdale Cab Shiraz will have been bottled for 3 months on 4th August and we are looking forward to the tasting. Not sure I have ever kept wine for 3 months before - apart from a bottle of Champagne I once had for a few years.
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Re: Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz

Postby Kermie » Wed Aug 06, 2014 07:08

Update! We cracked open a bottle of my first kit wine bottled 3 months ago and it was lovely! A nice deep red colour, smooth flavour. I didn't add all the oak chips as I don't like heavy oak in wine. I am going to buy a 30 bottle kit when the weather cools down a bit so as to leave it a good 3 months to mature for Christmas.
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Re: Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz

Postby bobsbeer » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:34

30 bottle kits are better as it takes less effort to ensure at least some gets a decent period to age. And you get more to drink for the same effort.
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Re: Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz

Postby Kermie » Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:06

We tried a bottle from the 30 bottle kit that had been matured for only 8 weeks and it was lovely. I can't wait to see what it is like after 6 months. Even better than the 6 bottle kit that I made.
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Re: Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz

Postby Kermie » Tue Feb 03, 2015 13:56

3 months in and it is getting better!
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Re: Beaverdale Cabernet Shiraz

Postby Kermie » Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:58

Found a bottle of this last week. Now a year old it is. IMHO, wonderful! I will have to ask for a new 30 bottle kit for my birthday in January so I can get it on the go and then leave for a year to mature. Shame that we have drunk all the rest...
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