It is too cold at the moment to play in the garden, it is absolutely arctic outside. Instead we are focusing on indoor tasks, like checking the progress of our apple and plum wines that we made in August last year.
The apple wine was very pleasing, a nice pale yellow colour and a hint of Chardonnay with its buttery, apple flavour. We had a glass with our lunch, only a small one though because with an alcohol content of about 15% it is quite strong. Paul thought it was slightly too dry so we added a small amount of syrup and will leave it to mature for a few more weeks before bottling.
We then tried the plum wine. The combined flavours of vinegar and corked wine were immediately apparent! Oh dear, this was very disappointing. A whole demi john of wine was tipped down the sink.
Fortunately the four other demi johns of plum wine were delicious so they were racked off (transferred into a clean container leaving the sediment behind) and, again, we added a very small amount of syrup to sweeten them up slightly. It is a simple process to sweeten the wine but you have to be extremely careful not to overdo it.
Hopefully we shall be able to bottle and cork the wine in a few weeks time.