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February 2014
by Andrew Adams
Sulfur dioxide-free wines with SurePure
SurePure, a manufacturer of photopurification technology, announced a South African winery is launching a line of wines that have been stabilized with one of the company’s ultra-violet light systems. SurePure claims its patented UV “Turbulator” technology can be used for microbiological control rather than pasteurization or chemicals like sulfur dioxide. The winery, Neil Patterson Wines, used the method on a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a 2009 Merlot, according to a news release by SurePure. Details:

Natuferm yeast nutrient
Oenobrands released its new Natuferm yeast nutrient, which is made from 100% inactivated yeast containing organic nitrogen and trace elements. The nutrient is designed to foster the growth of a healthy yeast population for the initial phase of alcoholic fermentation. Natuferm provides organic nitrogen in the form of free amino acids and peptides at the beginning of fermentation; winemakers can then add ammonium salts or complex yeast nutrients two to three days later, as needed. Details:

New label applicator from Primera
The new AP550 from Primera is a semi-automatic label applicator designed for flat surfaces such as flat-sided bottles, boxes and other packages. Labels are applied within minutes. Details:

VingDirect benchmarking tool
VingDirect announced the launch of its tasting room benchmarking dashboard tool. The automated online tool downloads data directly from wineries’ POS systems and is accessible from any computer or mobile device with Internet access. Wineries can use the tool to gauge tasting room activity compared to other VingDirect member wineries as well as track specific criteria such as annual taster count, state, county, AVA and average retail bottle price. Details:

Steam units by Steamericas
The South Korean company SJE Corp. is now distributing steam-cleaning units through its U.S. subsidiary Steamericas. The company’s Optima steam machines are powered with a diesel or electric burner and are designed for cleaning and sanitizing barrels and other winery equipment and surfaces. Details:

Hollow-cone spray tips
TeeJet released its new TXR ConeJet hollow-cone spray tips designed for airblast, direct and specialty spray applications. The TXR produces an 80° hollow-cone spray pattern with fine to very fine droplets for thorough leaf coverage. TeeJet reports the tip is ideal for insecticides, fungicides, foliar fertilizers and other applications for orchards and vineyards. The tips are available with flow rates of 0.046-1.45 gallons per minute with a recommended pressure of 30-360 psi. Details:

CleanSweep fermentors from Spokane Industries
CleanSweep automated self-cleaning red wine fermentors are now available from Spokane Industries. The CleanSweep system evacuates pomace from the tank with the press of a button, making tank cleaning a one-person job that is safer for workers. CleanSweep is available on all new tanks 5,000 gallons and larger. Details:

BSG Wine offers Toasted Oak adjuncts
BSG Wine is offering adjuncts in four flavor profiles and two formats from Toasted Oak. The oak is selected from forests in central France, air-seasoned and toasted using infrared, convection or traditional fire heating. The company offers sample packs. Details:

Sani-Lav nozzles
Union Jack of Louisville, Ky., is expanding its winemaking tools catalog with a new line of Sani-Lav nozzles for washing and sanitizing applications. All models have a trigger-controlled, variable-spray pattern and instantly shut off when the trigger is released. The N81 is a water-saving model. Details:

GridBee AP series air-powered mixers
GridBee mixers from Medora Corp. are suitable for winery wastewater pond use, supplementing aeration with energy-efficient mixing for ponds and water basins. The mixers are compact, lightweight and low-maintenance, even in high TSS (total suspended solids) applications, with no moving parts or electrical use in the water. Details:

FELCOtronic 801 electronic pruning shear
The FELCOtronic 801 is the newest addition to FELCO’s line of electronic pruners. Designed for vineyard use, it offers additional speed, a full day of battery life and an ergonomic and lightweight design. The hardened-steel cutting head has a semi-opening mode to save time and make high-quality cuts for vine health. Details:

Laffort Vegecoll vegetal fining agent
Laffort USA has trademarked and begun U.S. sales of Vegecoll, a potato protein isolate, for reduction of phenolic compounds in must, and for use in white, rosé and red wines for fining. Vegecoll offers high clarification and sedimentation rates along with color stabilization and reduction of astringent tannins. Details:

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