It’s been a very exciting week here at Rathfinny as our stainless steel tanks were finally delivered and set up.
The French team made everything look easy but it was actually not that simple: both their confidence and efficiency were very impressive.
This one tall tank barely made it in!
We now have a total of twenty-four tanks, manufactured by Pierre Guérin in Niort, France. This year’s order was for four different capacities: 2400, 4200, 4700, and 13500 liters.
The smaller tanks will be used mostly for settling of the juice after pressing and for fermentation, while the larger tanks will be used for blending the different lots prior to bottling. Here you can see the difference: 2400 liters to the left, 13500 liters to the right:
The gantries (I call them catwalks!) with the handrails allow access to the chimneys at the top of the tanks. It makes it much safer for us than having to climb on a ladder.
You can also see the jackets circling around the tanks: glycol runs through these, which can either cool down or warm up the wine, depending on our needs at the moment. Recall, temperature control is critical in a winemaking environment.
At least for the first couple years we will be cold stabilising the wines using this cooling system.
The following picture shows the red fermenters that have an additional access door at the bottom, which we’ll use to evacuate the skins after fermentation.
You can also see the fittings—valves, tasting valves, temperature probes—all customized to our specifications.
We will keep you posted with upcoming equipment deliveries soon!
Jonathan Médard – Winemaker