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AlcoTECH – Alcohol adjustment technology for wine

AlcoTECH is the latest service to be offered to the Australian wine industry by Barossa Valley based Tarac Technologies. AlcoTECH is a system for adjusting alcohol level and wine concentration, allowing winemakers to achieve the desired alcohol content in finished wines.

The AlcoTECH system offers winemakers a number of important advantages compared to alternative processes offered in the market place, including:

• fast turnaround time – large blends can be processed within 24 hours • typically less than 10% of the total blend is required for treatment, ensuring the majority of the wine remains undisturbed in the winery tank • lab testing of sample prior to processing larger blend to determine desired alcohol level or ‘sweet spot’ • competitive pricing without capital outlay or the need to have contractors on-site • No waste because Tarac retains and further processes all residual product The process, undertaken at Tarac’s Samuel Road facility in Nuriootpa, offers both Vintage & Blending options.

The Vintage option allows winemakers to manage the alcohol blend at the crusher, removing the need for post vintage reduction. This option also reduces attenuated ferment characters, dilution of flavour and the possibility of stuck ferments. AlcoTECH outputs create Blending options, where portions can be blended to alter alcohol, phenolic and acidity profiles, allowing winemakers to fine tune finished wines.

Tarac Technologies is a company focussed on environmentally sustainable solutions. The AlcoTECH process is consistent with this philosophy because all residuals from the process remain at Tarac for further processing, freeing up valuable winery tank space and reducing loads on winery waste water systems.

If you would like further information please visit http://www.tarac.com.au

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