Amarone, Brunello, Petit Verdot, Spanish Tempranillo, Nero d'Avola, Chilean Malbec/Shiraz and Argentine Malbec are all available and always FRESH due to our huge volume.
All Kits in this Section are available for immediate delivery!
The addition of processed grape skins to kits can be an excellent way to improve and enhance body, mouth-feel, tannin and color. With lower levels of processing, grape skins carry more solids into the finished wine than concentrate/juice alone kits have traditionally had. The result is enhanced body, mouth-feel, tannin and color and in this case the trade-off for a marked increase in character is not accompanied by the need for increased ageing.
The process followed for producing Winexpert grape skins removes most of the short-chain (harsh) tannins, leaving behind the smooth, mouth-filling tannins and the desirable flavors. The wines will drink very well almost as soon as they are bottled, and will improve on the same scale as regular Selection International: 6-12 months to achieve a high peak of flavor and improvement for up to three years under good cellaring.
· 18 liters in total - 16.4 liters of juice and concentrate; 1.6 liters of grape skins
· Bolder flavors, richer color, and enhanced aromas and tannins
· A complex profile with layered flavors
· Six week winemaking schedule
· Drinkable at 3 months of age, with potential for cellaring
· 30 bottle labels included
Selection International with grape skins is an exciting addition to the Selection International line-up, allowing the winemaker to choose a country of origin kit with excellent varietal character, bold flavors and aromas and full-bodied tannins, all in a wine that drinks well young and rewards patience.
In an independent tasting, wines made with Selection International with Grape Skins were rated higher than those made with key competitors' grape skins kits.
Please note that the Sicilian Nero d'Avola contains a single package of EC1118 yeast, while all other Selection International Grape Skins kits contain two packages of RC212. Yeasts are all chosen for the specific character they can bring out in each wine. RC212 does an excellent job on the Chilean Malbec Shiraz, Spanish Tempranillo and Australian Petit Verdot. EC1118 produces better aroma in Sicilian Nero d'Avola, but only one package of yeast is needed to do the job.
Comparing Selection International with Grape Skins to Crushendo
Crushendo was a single-vineyard designated kit with a grape skin pack. Because the grape material came from a single source, it allowed for complete control over the character of the wine. However, the better the quality of the wine when it was ready to drink, the more challenging and closed the wine was when it was young. Typically, despite Winexpert`s best efforts to make an approachable, easily drinkable wine, Crushendo kits did not show as well as their competitors when less than a year old.
Not so with Selection International with Grape Skins: right from bottling day, winemakers will be able to appreciate rich fruit character and varietal intensity with full, smooth tannins that the kit offers. It will still improve with age, but with greater drinkability along the way.