Dispatched a bottle of my recent Banana effort up to Birmingham for the Green Cushion (an old housemate). Although it still needed several months in the bottle to mature, the plonker couldn’t resist opening it for a sample. He then had the cheek to say it didn’t taste good!
Patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22) and I was dissapointed that my friend was lacking in this essential virtue.
One thing you need with country wine is patience. They often need a good few months to mature after bottling before they are quaffable.
Often, if a wine does not come out as I wanted, I leave the rest of the batch for several months (or years!) and it can taste complete different the next time you come to it. Several bad batches have become quite pleasant after a few years maturing.