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Tamar Ridge Estate launches experimental micro-vinification facility
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A unique experimental micro-vinification facility was opened on Friday 16 March at Tamar Ridge Estates in Tasmania. The facility was designed to process up to 300 experimental wines a year, in volumes from 2 to 100 L. The facility is equipped with three temperature controlled rooms and miniature crushing and pressing facilities which enable experimental wines to be made under controlled conditions. Tamar Ridge Estates is sponsoring two PhD students in association with the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research TIAR and the University of Tasmania, studying the effects of vineyard practices on Pinot Noir wine quality. The development of the pilot winery was funded by a grant to Tamar Ridge Estates and TIAR by the Tasmanian Department of Economic Development. The facility will be used to process fruit from vineyard experiments for chemical and sensory evaluation. The facility is believed to be a first for commercial wineries in Australasia in being able to process wines of this scale.