Corker vintage: Record end to crushing workload

LINDEMAN’S has marked the end of its 2013 vintage in record-breaking fashion.

The Karadoc winery processed the last load for the year on Saturday, taking throughput to more than 101,000 tonnes – up 11,000 tonnes on the 2012 vintage.

Completing vintage in near record time, and crushing more fruit than before, Lindeman’s chief winemaker Wayne Falkenberg said it had been one of the shortest and busiest in memory.

“We reached peak processing capacity of around 3000 tonnes a day on four days, but most days we were handling about 1400 tonnes daily, consistently throughout the vintage.

“In the final weeks of vintage, processing usually slows down to sometimes just a hundred tonnes in a day, but this year it has been consistent throughout.”

The Karadoc facility, owned by Treasury Wine Estates, is the largest winery in Victoria and responsible for half TWEs national grape intake.

In the Murray-Darling wine region, which includes vineyards and wineries on both sides of the border, Karadoc is second in capacity to the Buronga operation of Australian Vintage.

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