A Technology Feature Article
Technology: ReSoul Aroma Capture
Type: Aroma Capture
For Improved Aromatic Profile in Wines.
New Zealand has established a reputation around the world as a producer of wines that capture vibrantly fruity flavours and remarkable aromatic qualities. These qualities make New Zealand wines instantly recognisable to wine lovers, even in the face of strong competition from other cool climate regions and producers.
Intensity of aroma and complexity of bouquet are the first sensory expression when we experience great wine. It is important to remember that the human olfactory is thousands of times more acute than our sense of taste which, after all, only senses bitter, sweet, salt, sour and umami. All the other characteristics that we describe as flavour are in fact the product of our olfactory.
So imagine having at your disposal a tool that could greatly enhance your options with regard to the expression of aroma in the wines your create. And that this tool created these options literally out of thin air!
This is precisely what Vintech Pacific’s new ReSoul Aroma Capture technology, from Agrovin, achieves.
The Resoul system provides a practical and effective method to capture aromatic compounds during alcoholic fermentation and to store and reintroduce those aromas at a later stage, such as at bottling.
CO2 which is produced naturally during alcoholic fermentation is captured from the fermentation vessel and undergoes a two-stage refrigeration to very low temperature. This process condenses out the aromatic molecules into two fractions, the second more concentrated than the first.
The system, as currently available in New Zealand, can process up to 200,000 litres at a time, undergoing primary fermentation. Each litre of must results in the recovery of approximately 0.3-0.5ml of aromas and alcohol. The first fraction is a liquid composed of aromas and ~20 percent alcohol. The second fraction yields another product with aromas and ~60 percent alcohol, all produced from gasses that have hitherto gone to waste.
This extract can be stored and blended back into the wine at a later date, at a rate of between five and 20 millilitres per 100 litres of wine. The time of addition and the precise ratio are at the discretion of the winemaker and his team, in order to achieve their desired results.
With ReSoul aroma compounds that are only present during fermentation can be captured, preserved and reintroduced to create uniquely expressive wines and equally unique marketing opportunities.
To learn more about ReSoul Aroma Capture, contact your nearest Vintech Pacific office.
|Head Office, Gisborne
Phone: 06 863 0028
Mobile: 021 783 236
|Auckland & Napier
North Island Manager
Phone: 06 863 0028
Mobile: 021 410 498
|Blenheim & Cromwell
Phone: 03 570 2996
Mobile: 027 260 9052