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November 2012
Tanks: Ganimede Tanks Eliminate Need for Punchdowns, Pump-overs
by W. Blake Gray
Given the smooth sailing of 2012’s warm summer in California, this news might be a year too late for some wineries. But there is a relatively new type of fermentation tank that recirculates CO2 for greater extraction. Developed in 1997 in Italy, the Ganimede tank stockpiles CO2 and allows winemakers to release it at will to break up the cap of grapeskins. This gentle bubbling up of CO2 eliminates the need to do punchdowns or pump-overs. The tank is reproduced and has been sold since 2000...
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