When Angove Family Winemakers – a fifth generation family business established in 1886 – was in need of a superior and high-quality cooling solution for their barrel hall and cellar door, they turned to The Climate Wizard by Seeley International.
They operate over two major South Australian wine regions, with a cellar door in McLaren Vale and a second cellar door along with winery and barrel storage in Renmark.
The barrel hall in Renmark required a climate control solution that would maintain the wine temperature within the barrels, at or near the target storage temperature of 16˚C. The humidity within the hall was to be maintained at a level between 65 and 75 percent.
After extensive research, Angove found that Climate Wizard was the perfect solution to meet their requirements and had four Climate Wizard CW-H15S units installed.
“Temperature is one of the most important controllable variables in the winemaking process,” Angove joint managing director Richard Angove says.
“Since installing four Seeley Climate Wizards to control the climate of our new state of the art barrel hall, we have seen a significant increase in wine quality.
“The main benefits are in retention of freshness and importantly in the vibrancy of colour.
“Our 2018 wines show a significant increase in both these aspects and are some of the best wines we have made.
“The Climate Wizard has had a measurable impact on wine quality.”
The Climate Wizard boasts an extensive list of efficiency, sustainability and health credentials.
Owned, designed and Manufactured in Australia, The Climate Wizard utilises innovative indirect evaporative technology, generating 100 percent fresh, cool, outside air, at temperatures that rival refrigerated systems, with up to 80 percent lower energy costs*.
The importance of indoor air quality cannot be overstated.
“Fresh clean air for our workers is very important,” Richard says.
“And fresh clean air for our product is very important.”
Six months following the successful Climate Wizard barrel hall installation, Angove sought a better cooling solution for their cellar door and restaurant.
The area spans over 277 square metres and includes indoor and outdoor dining and leisure areas.
Angove’s design brief set the following requirements:
- Capability to run for long periods of time;
- Able to have doors open during use;
- Provide a comfortable temperature for visitors;
- Assist in also cooling the courtyard area;
- Reduce cooling energy costs; and
- Improve the efficiency of an existing reverse cycle system.
The Climate Wizard CW-H15S Plus unit was installed.
It provides fresh, cool air at supply temperatures of 12.5°C to the cellar door and creates a curtain of air around the opening of the bi-fold doors.
This also spills out into the courtyard area, allowing visitors to flow through the indoor and outdoor spaces in comfort during hot summer days.
The Climate Wizard provided a significant 87 percent energy saving, as reported by the client, by reducing the load on the refrigerated unit.
Seeley International has been a key HVAC Manufacturer for the wine industry, supplying cooling solutions to an extensive list of clients including architectural marvel Levantine Hill Estate’s 577 square metre barrel hall, and the largest Climate Wizard installation to date at Treasury Wine Estates, for their barrel hall spanning 30,280 square metres.
• To learn more visit: https://www.seeleyinternational.com/commercial/winemaker/.
* Compared to refrigerated systems performing the same duty.