A major new development project at the Jindalee Winery at Moorabool near Geelong utilises over 100 tonnes of grade 304 2B finish stainless steel.
Shepparton’s J Furphy & Sons fabricated 95 wine storage and fermentation tanks, ranging in size from 75,000 to 1,200 litres.
The new tanks provide almost three million litres of temperature-controlled storage capacity for grapes processed from the adjoining vineyard and a much larger vineyard which Jindalee’s owners, Vince and David Littore, operate in the Murray Darling region near Mildura.
Three years ago the Littore Brothers acquired the former Idyll Vineyard and winery at Geelong which they are now using as the production centre for their wines produced under the Jindalee and Fettlers Rest labels for both local and export markets.
In addition to the tankage, most of which features the new Furphy Laser Welded Dimple Plate design which provides the cooling jackets to the tanks for circulation of refrigerants, Furphy’s have also completed more than 350 lineal metres of galvanised walkway and tank access systems.
Jindalee’s winemaker Scott Ireland describes the project as a state of the art winery facility designed to produce wines which will appeal to the most discerning palates as well as capitalising on and growing the export market success already achieved under the Jindalee label.
A $1 million bottling hall and packaging facility will be added providing a fully integrated facility.
This article featured in Australian Stainless Issue 21 - June 2002.