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ABEVE to launch Estasi destemmer/crusher at WineTech 07

ABEVE will launch the new Milani Estasi destemmer/crusher during WineTech.

According to Scott Kalms, ABEVE Director, the Estasi takes a 'revolutionary' new approach to the soft separation of the grape berry from the stalk.

“Milani has removed the high speed beating shaft and cage from the destemmer, and returned to the principles of hand destemming,” said Kalms. “In the Estasi separate rubber fingers gently remove the stalks from the berries, which sit on a flat swaying grille.”

The Estasi is manufactured in AISI 304 stainless steel. It has a large hopper and a rubber belt that conveys the grapes into the destemming area. This unit has three separate motors, two of which have gearbox variable speed drives to independently control the rotations of the belt and the swaying the of the grille. A hydraulic system moves the fingers closer to or further away from the grille depending on how vigorous the operator wants the destemming application to be. The food-grade rubber crushing rollers can be bypassed if the operator only wants to destem fruit.

An Estasi 50, which has a production capacity of 4 to 5 tonnes per hour, is currently being used in Tasmania for the 2007 harvest. Milani is currently designing a new ESTASI with a production of 1 to 2 tonnes per hour for small boutique wineries.

WineTech is presented by the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, Reed Exhibitions and the Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA)

For information on WineTech 2007, visit http://www.wine.reedexhibitions.com.au

For information on AWITC, visit http://www.awitc.com.au

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