Product Newsby Andrew Adams
Wines & Vines contacted cooperages about new barrels and toast options on the market or newly available for the 2016 vintage. Several coopers reported they’re offering more toasts designed to provide a restrained oak presence to accentuate and frame fruit flavors rather than dominate the wine profile.
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The innovation awards at the 2015 SIMEI conference and trade show put the spotlight on machines and other new technology designed to help winemakers improve their wines while reducing resource consumption or improving energy efficiency.READ MORE
The next generation of destemmers features new methods for removing MOG as well as variable settings for speed and motion that enable winemakers to further customize how they process grapes on the crush pad. Many of these machines feature optional crushers and additional sorting capabilities.
The Armbruster Rotovib employs a patented vibratory movement to “pluck” grapes from the stems, allowing thorough berry removal at slower speeds. Destemmed berries fall onto the next stage of sorting, while unripe grapes and raisins stay affixed to the rachis and move into the waste stream. A new “Rollersorter” add-on feature provides additional mechanical sorting with interlaced silicon rubber spools that carry berries toward the collection point while allowing MOG to fall through as waste. The machine is available in three models with throughput rates of 10-30 tons per hour. Distributed through Scott Laboratories. Price for Rotovib 10 with Rollersorter: $32,500.
The Delta Oscillys machine by Bucher Vaslin uses inertia to separate grapes from the stems. Grapes enter the machine through a small hopper and fall into cylindrical cages that swing back and forth. The movement forces berries to separate from the stems, and they then fall onto a rolling sorter table. The manufacturer claims the Oscillys produces a grape stream of just 0.2% to 0.5% MOG. Throughput is 2 to 16 tons per hour and can be adjusted by the size of the cage holes and swinging speed. Price for Oscillys 100: $42,000; Oscillys 200 with two destemming cages: $56,000.
C.M.A. unveiled its new Dream machine in 2015. The Dream is fed through a hopper and uses a swinging cage system to separate whole berries, which fall onto a rolling sorting table that further separates out MOG. The holes of the sorting cage and the swinging speed can be adjusted for grape size and quality. Throughput of the Dream is between 1 and 15 tons per hour. Distributed through Prospero. Starting price: $39,000.
Dinamica expanded its line of crusher-destemmers this year. The company now offers a range of models that can process from 3-6 tons per hour to 18-25 tons per hour. The destemmers feature adjustable legs to fit into any crush pad system and optional crushing rollers. The crusher is powered by a separate motor and can be operated independently from the destemmer, allowing it to be placed at the end of a sorting table. Distributed by TCW Equipment & Systems. Starting price: $5,995.
The new i10 by IMMA can be adjusted in multiple ways, depending on grape size, berry condition and winemaking goals. The speed of the beater bars and cage revolutions can be adjusted as well as the height of the cage and distance between the bars and cage. Other features include a crusher that can operate as a separate unit and an interior jet system to make cleaning and sanitizing easier. Throughput is 10 tons per hour. Distributed by The Vintner Vault. Price: $21,500.
The belt-fed Estasi machine by Milani “brushes” berries off stems by coupling the forward motion of the belt with a “transverse oscillating screen.” The machine is designed to be gentle to preserve as many whole berries as possible. The machine also features rubber rollers to be used as an optional crusher.READ MORE
Designed to operate between vineyard rows, these tractors can carry implements such as vine trimmers or haul trailers carrying half-ton bins. Many manufacturers offer narrow models with varying horsepower and other options. This report did not include narrow, tracked tractors or over-the-row machines.
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Pumps are necessary to perform a variety of winemaking tasks, making them an invaluable piece of equipment in the cellar. Wines & Vines contacted pump manufacturers about popular or new pumps for transferring wine, performing pumpovers, filling and emptying barrels and other functions. Prices vary based on pump model and dealer options such as carts and control panels.
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Several new filters on the market can better handle high-solid lees and juice to enable wineries to save more wine, while other firms have new, specialized filters for specific applications. Prices vary based on the filtration medium or technology as well as capacity.
Several suppliers now offer screwcaps with liners that allow varying rates of oxygen permeability.VinPerfect Smartcaps.
Wines & Vines surveyed tank manufacturers to find the latest shapes, sizes and new features for stainless steel tanks. Prices vary according to tank sizes, options and current pricing for labor and materials.
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September 2013New NOPA test kit by Randox
Randox Food Diagnostics is offering a new NOPA test kit for the 2013 harvest. Randox claims its new assay offers the widest ranges in the market: It has a minimum detectable concentration of 5.1 mgN/L and is linear up to a concentration of 500 mgN/L. Test results are ready within seven minutes. Details: randoxfooddiagnostics.com.READ MORE
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