Christmas deliveries and hours: Last day to order to get your deliveries by Christmas for urban areas: North Island-Thurs 21st, South Island-Wed 20th. Rural can take severa days longer. Note these dates are aligned with delivery targets and are not guarantees.
We will be open over the Christmas break, but freight providers do not work on statutory holidays, so no deliveries will take place on statutory holidays. We may not despatch orders containing yeast immediately to avoid yeast sitting on the network over a weekend or long weekend.
We will be answering support queries over the Christmas period within the 24 hour service standard. However it may take longer than usual.
Hot weather and delivery timeframes: With this very hot weather we are experiencing we may avoid sending items containing yeast over a weekend. If relevant please include delivery instructions which avoid leaving orders including yeast sitting in the sun. Thanks for your understanding.
Merry Christmas! Thanks for your business in 2017 and here's to a wonderful 2018.
If you are looking to enhance complexity in your wines, try some oak chips or granules. These oak chips/granules are exactly what professional wineries use to make their wines taste like wines that are aged in expensive oak barrels.
These premium granules (fine chips) are available in French or Hungarian oak. The french oak is more subtle and [arguably] complex than its American counterpart. The Hungarian Oak has a flavour profile somewhere between the French and the American. These oak granules will also darken the colour of your wine & may speed up the maturation process..
Also suitable for making your own spirits and other culinary applications eg smoking.
Use 5 to 10g per 5 litres / 1 gallon of your homemade wine. You can always add more oak; but you can’t remove it, so experiment with less until you have established your preferred dosage.
Options for use (or as per your recipe):
1/ Add to the primary fermentation at the same time as your fruit.
2/ Soak in boiling water, strain & add strained water to your primary fermentation (for a subtle flavour).
3/ "Rack" (siphon your wine off the sediment) your wine for aging. Soak the oak chips in potassium metabisulphite for 20 minutes. Strain. Add the oak chips during aging (after racking). Taste your homemade wine regularly. Rack off when the desired level of oaking is achieved.
4/ Rack your wine for aging. Soak the oak chips in boiling water for 5+ minutes. Add the water & the oak chips to the carboy. Taste your homemade wine regularly. Rack off when the desired level of oaking is achieved.