Kantac Cast Coated – The majority of our wine labels are produced on a Japanese gloss cast coated paper, which is then varnish-treated for protection & effect. Most of the varnish options matt the paper down to a silky smooth finish. Some prefer a high gloss finish. Whichever varnish you choose, our Kantac cast coated paper has the best performance for moisture protection and anti-scuffing. At Rapid Labels we use Kantac C51, a repositionable-adhesive cast-coated wine paper which we consider, in combination with our own wine varnish, to be just about bullet proof. We are also offering the C58 (Permanent) version and a Supergloss cast-coated gloss paper with permanent adhesive on a 30micron PET liner.
Clear on Clear Synthetic – Clear labels with clear liners which produce a 'no look label' effect. Bottling plants have to manage static and rigidity issues during application. But with a simple clean design, clear labels can look great on the bottle. At Rapid Labels we only use our proven clear P62 /7 material & wine varnish which is a combination that works.
Laid Stocks – Textured uncoated papers with open-weave fibres which have a tendency to absorb moisture. Soft laid stocks look spectacular on glass, are appealing to touch, but do not have the strength or moisture protection of coated papers. Premium price.
Rapid Labels has access to any and every pressure sensitive stock.
But the following are some notes relating specifically to our exclusive laid stock options:
Hinuera – In 2007 Rapid Labels introduced Hinuera, an amazing cream laid stock which has superior moisture protection qualities to other laid stocks. Because the fibres of Hinuera are smoother, the print laydown and scuff resistance is better. It responds well to an all-over emboss, and high-build keys to the face stock nicely. Hinuera features an extruded waterproof membrane blended to the back of the paper. In conjunction with our own 'Oilskin' moisture protection solution, the results in Cobb and Spray tests are impressive. Hinuera has been adopted now by many of our significant Wine Producer clients with spectacular success.
Limestone – In February 2008 Rapid Labels then launched an exclusive white ultra-smooth laid wine stock, called Limestone. Limestone is a textured white laid paper with moisture-protection performance. It is a response to a growing demand for a smooth white laid wine stock, and similar to an Australian paper named after a shark.
Schist – Since September 2008, exclusive to Rapid Labels, a spectacular silver laid paper with a smooth embossed pattern which is certain to be popular for sparkling wines, but will also look great for ultra-premium reds or whites wanting to position their product. Reptile-like moisture protection qualities.
Oamaru - In March 2009, the fourth in our series of exclusive laid wine papers was added - essentially a white version of Hinuera called Oamaru. We expect this to be very popular, with a renewed interest in brighter labels, and with Oamaru's alluring texture.
Takaka - Then in October 2012, we added a fifth laid stock to our range of specialist wine stocks. Takaka - named after the limestone found in the Takaka Hills in Nelson - is a white, but not bright white, paper with a more pronounced natural emboss pattern than the rest of our range. It will appeal to our clients looking for the old-world look but with a slightly different pattern to anything else on the market. Takaka is made from 100% cotton and at 140gr/m2 it is a more rigid paper than the rest of our wine range.
Mt Somers and Kakahu - The most recent additions to our uncoated paper range are Mt Somers (smooth, cream) and Kakahu (smooth, bright white). We are delighted to release this best-in-the-market, exclusive-to-Rapid product for our wine client's benefit. These two stocks have an improved wet strength treatment on both sides of the paper and coupled with our Oilskin coating it gives the label superior performance in the fridge and the ice bucket. Opacity is retained, even when the label is sopping wet. It's certainly the best you'll see in the market. As an added extra, the smooth finish allows for a better print result. Read more about these two revolutionary products here.
Polyester PET Liners – Cast coated wine stock as well as Estate wine papers with a PET liner - available to top-end bottling lines where the extra cost of a synthetic liner is justified by fewer web breaks and the ability to run at higher speeds. Rolls of PET liner rolls (post-application) can also be sent to a depot for downstream recycling. Most NZ waste management companies offer a pickup service for reasonable volumes of PET liner.