Australia Shiraz Viogner – RQ 2018

Available December 2017

The practice of blending Shiraz (a red wine grape called Syrah in France) with Viogner (a white wine grape) began because these two grapes grow alongside each other in the Northern Rhône Valley of France, their original home. Rhône winemakers often ferment the grapes together and, under French law, are allowed to blend up to 20 percent Viognier into their red wines. Because Viognier brings an aromatic boost to the wine, this practice has become popular in other countries as well, especially Australia. In fact, Australia has long been renowned as a great producer of Shiraz wines. Some of the most prized are blended with Viognier for a full-bodied wine bursting with floral and fruit aromatics.

Stylish yet refined. It is lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent dried fruits, vanilla and black pepper.

H | F | D (heavy oak, full body, dry sweetness)

Food Pairings: Bison burgers, lamb kebabs, meat pie, sharp cheddar cheese

Kit Features: Bourgovin RC 212 yeast, Dried grape skins, American & Hungarian Oak

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Chile Carménère – RQ 2018

Available January 2018

Carménère is considered the national grape of Chile. Like many of the world’s leading grapes, it was born in the French wine region of Bordeaux. The grape was finicky in the French climate, and often had difficulties ripening. When the Phylloxera plague of 1857 wiped out most of Europe’s vineyards, Carménère was considered extinct. Luckily, before Phylloxera hit Europe, a few Carménère cuttings had been exported to Chile, whose wine region was just getting started. The vines flourished in the drier climate and were soon growing in most Chilean wine regions. But, up until 20 years ago, it was often mistaken for Merlot, despite the different appearance in the vineyard and distinct taste in the glass.

Opulent and rich, boasts the luscious flavours of red cherries and berries, with hints of spice and leather enhanced with robust tannins.

M | M | D (Medium oak, medium body, dry sweetness)

Food Pairings: Cabbage rolls, pork or beef tacos, meatballs, pepper jack cheese

Kit features: Bourgovin RC 212 yeast, crushed grape skins, American oak

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Spain Tempranillo – RQ 2018

Available February 2018

Tempranillo is the signature wine grape in its native home of Spain, where they have been making it into wine for over 2,000 years. In all great Spanish wine regions, from Rioja, Navarra, Ribera del Duero through to Toro, La Mancha and Penedès, it is the defining grape of the best red wines. The name Tempranillo is derived from the word temprano, which in Spanish means “early”, because it’s considered an early ripener among Spain’s red wine grapes. It was traditionally cultivated as a low bush vine dotting the Spanish landscape, but with modern viticultural practices, this is now changing. When Tempranillo is grown, with care, in the right spots, it produces extremely long-lived and deliciously fruity wines.

Adds panache to any cellar. It skillfully balances fresh berries with savoury notes of pepper and smoke.

H | M | D (Heavy oak, medium body, dry sweetness)

Food Pairings: Pepperoni pizza, burritos, grilled flank steak, Manchego cheese

Kit features: Bourgovin RC 212 yeast, dried grape skins, American and Hungarian oak

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Germany Riesling – RQ 2018

Available March 2018

Riesling is an aromatic white wine grape variety that originated in the Rhine region of Germany, where it is still the most planted grape variety, grown throughout the country. In Germany’s most famous winemaking region, the Mosel, it makes up a whopping 60% of total plantings. While it is now also grown in almost every cool wine making region in the world, German Rieslings are still considered amongst the finest. In the best vintages, German Rieslings are prized by wine collectors the world over. Riesling typically displays flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. Because of this hallmark acidity, it can be used to make dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines.

Captivating and complex. Crisp flavours of honey, peach, and lemon finish with a lingering minerality.

U | M | OD (Unoaked, medium body, off-dry sweetness)

Food Pairings: Pad Thai, German sausages, shrimp stir-fry, Edam cheese

Kit features: QA23 yeast, optional sweetening blend

 

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Cranapple Celebration – Seasonal Release

cranappleThis low alcohol white wine features tart green apples balanced out by smooth white cranberries to create an easy drinking wine with a crisp, refreshing finish.

 

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Paddock Wood Brew Kits

paddockFrom the first time brewer to the veteran brewmaster, Paddock Wood has what you need to brew your own beer.

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