MCC Processing Equipment

Automated Riddling

The OENOCONCEPT riddling system has been the undisputed industry standard for many years and is superior in quality, finishing details, sturdy design and unit capacity if compared against any imported or locally manufactured systems. Riddling is the mechanical shifting of lees deposit within an MCC bottle to the area inside the neck and involves 2 rotation movements The automated solutions are reliable, robust (proven over 6 decades & require very little maintenance) and are up-scalable. They are hot galvanized, each cage holding 504 bottles (substantially more than the less robust, mostly non hot galvanized options available from others). A whole range of Gyropalette® options (from 1 to 6 cages) are available for the riddling of the sparkling wine and can be disposed side to side and / or back-to-back. See summary provided below, but for a comprehensive overview refer:

Gyropalette® riddling cage options

  • MMDC (MONO MAT DOUBLE CAGE): The Double Cage can be used alone, be superimposed and/or adjoined without loss of space. The unit can riddle two 504 boxes in one cycle. Suitable for productions from 50 000 to 70 000 bottles per year.
  • HORIZONTAL or VERTICAL DUO: This riddling machine has four cages and can be adjoined. The side-to-side or back-to-back disposition allows it to be installed horizontally for cellars with low ceiling height and vertically where ceilings allow (freeing up floor space). It is of an evolutionary design, allowing for transformation into a Quadra (see below). Suitable for productions from 50 000 to 60 000 bottles per year.
  • QUADRA: This riddling machine has four cages and can be adjoined: the side-to-side or back-to-back disposition allows to optimize cellar space. Suitable for productions from 100 000 to 140 000 traditional bottles per year.
  • HEXTRA: With six cages on 2 levels, it is suitable for low-ceiling premises. The Hextra can be adjoined to other riddling machines. Suitable for productions from 150 000 to 220 000 bottles per year.
  • SEXTRA: This six-cage riddling machine on 3 levels is the solution to optimize your high-ceiling cellar. This riddling machine has a footprint of only 8m². Suitable for productions from 150 000 to 220 000 bottles per year.

Controller options (for Gyropalette® riddling cages)

  • V4 STANDARD: The controller allows controlling of the riddling cycles of one Gyropalette® or one appliance group (up to 8 Gyropalette®) at the same time.
  • V4 MULTIGROUP: The V4 Multigroup controller allows controlling of one to four groups of machines (8 Gyropalette® per group). In extendable mode, it is possible to connect n up to 20 machines.
  • Retrofit options allows for replacement of older controllers that are obsolete with the new generation of riddling controllers.

Riddling boxes for standard or special sizes

All special sizes offered are compatible with the  Gyropalette®  for the riddling of the various bottle shapes. The external dimensions are identical to the standard riddling boxes. Alternatively, it is possible to insert wooden wedging in a standard box to maintain non-standard bottles during all the riddling cycle.

Neck Freezing

Once riddled (sediment settled in bottle neck), there are 2 ways to remove the yeast. The 1st is to remove the crown cap at just the right moment (bottle inverted from neck “down” to neck “up”). It removes the sediment, but also causes some wine to be expelled due to internal bottle pressure. The Neck freezing method has become more common, automation allowing for faster processing & reduced wine spillage. Bottles are inserted neck-down into an ice bath to freeze the wine and yeast sediment in the neck. The bottle can now be moved for the yeast sediment to be removed, without risk of contaminating the wine with sediment and substantially limiting product losses. CDS Group supply Champagel neck freezers, manufactured by Duguit Technologies, for various processing speeds and levels of automation. Founded in 1957 it is the world leader in bottle neck freezing. It is designed and manufactured ‘’in-house’’ and offers solutions from 300 to 20,000 bottles/hour.

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Disgorging, dosage & fill levelling

CDS Group supply a full range of processing machinery to handle bottle fermented sparkling wine (Disgorging – dosing, Corking-Wiring, Blending for dosage bottles etc) from TDD Grilliat. They are the undisputed industry leader and have been the equipment manufacturer in South Africa for almost 90% of all installations. Disgorging is the removal of yeast lees and crown caps/bidules after completion of the riddling process.  Dosage (sweetening & possibly adding SO2 or other additives) and restoring the volume to the proper fill level (Fill levelling) are the next two operations for which TDD offers various machines, including semi-automatic, automatic, rotary & robotic neck freezing options integrated into disgorging-dosage lines.

  • Semi-automatic disgorging-dosage machine have options from 150 to 700 bph

  • Automatic disgorging-dosage machine have options from 500 to 1200 bph

  • Automatic rotary disgorging machine have options from 2500 to 4500 bph

  • Automatic rotary dosage machines have options from 1500 – 4000 bph

Corking-wiring & blending

Semi-automatic corking – wiring machines can be supplied as separate units or a combined unit. Automated units combine corking & wiring, but may also include disgorging, dosing & levelling in 1 unit. Corking-wiring options include semi-Automatic machines (up to 800 bph) and automatic machines (1000 to 1800 bph). Requirement not specifically covered by TDD, can be sourced from alternative suppliers.

Liquor Blending

Offered by TDD, options include:
• Semi-Automatic with output up to 1000bph
• Automatic (linear) with output up to up to 1800bph
• Automatic rotary. Various options with outputs from 2500 – 12 000bp

Stackable galvanized mesh containers for wine bottle storage

Galvanized mesh containers adapted to different bottles dimensions for safe and effective bottle storage. European made with a 2-year guarantee, differentiating it from inferior non-European manufactured options.

  • Stacking option up to 6 layers
  • Hot dip galvanizing protects the metal from corrosion in humid conditions,
  • Optimal use of loading space and warehouse space,
  • Multi-purpose (storage, ageing, transport, displaying etc.)
  • Extremely impact-resistant
  • Bolted assembly allows better protection against corrosion (complementing the hot dip galvanizing process), as well as allowing easy replacement of parts
  • Adapted to modern machinery and robots used for loading and emptying containers,
  • Purpose made construction: adapted from 0.375 L up to a standard 0.75 L
  • Certified quality, guaranteeing durability and safety.