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Xabregas turns green for the perfect wine
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Xabregas wines continues to be at the forefront of wine technology and production, by investing in the world’s first Nairn 3080 Harvester fitted with a Tier 3 John Deere diesel engine that produces lower carbon emissions.
This environmentally friendly harvester is also fitted with equipment that removes material other than grapes (MOG) and high production picking rods that allow the picking head to run at a lower speed, resulting in less berry damage and the provision of clean, whole berry samples.
The harvester arrived at the Xabregas vineyards in the Great Southern Wine Region of Western Australia this month and immediately went into action.
Xabregas chairman, Terry Hogan, said the new custom designed harvester represents its commitment to sustainable viticulture, whilst continuing to produce premium quality wines.
“The new harvester will deliver results as close to hand picking as possible and will provide our winemaking team with the advantage of receiving clean, whole berry samples with significantly lower juicing compared to a standard machine harvester.”
“Healthy, ripe, flavoursome grapes are essential for making premium wines and the new harvester will be a fantastic start to the whole winemaking process,” he said.
Mr Hogan said fitting the harvester with a Tier 3 John Deere diesel engine that produces lower carbon emissions when compared with a standard harvester, will also prove beneficial when exporting to Europe.
“There is a greater push from the European market for the Australian wine industry to produce wine with lower carbon emissions and Xabregas is committed to being an environmentally responsible wine producer,” he said.
Xabregas wines has a distinctive advantage in the European market, owning two of only three Italian ‘Metodo Ganimede’ red fermenters in Western Australia.
The ‘Ganimede’ fermenter has a worldwide reputation for producing more naturally aromatic wine — softer, with a richer, more intense colour. The system is so highly acclaimed in European wine circles, that many wineries run an authorised label on their bottles.