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Is it the age or the autolysis? Pulling apart where sparling wine character comes from


Sawyer, S and Longo, R and Solomon, M and Nicolotti, L and Westmore, H and Merry, A and Gnoinski, G and Ylia, A and Dambergs, R and Kerslake, F, Is it the age or the autolysis? Pulling apart where sparling wine character comes from, Proceedings of the 17th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, 21-24 July 2019, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 55-59. (2019) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Sparkling wines made by the traditional method (méthode traditionnelle) undergo an in-bottle secondary fermentation, which is initiated by the addition of yeast and sugar; and usually followed by several months or years of ageing on lees (sur lie). This study found that wine age was the main determinant of compositional changes in yeast-derived and oxidation-associated compounds such as esters, carboxylic acids, higher alcohols and aldehydes. Ageing base wines off or on lees produced similar aroma profiles to tiraged wine based on the six sensory characters assessed in this study, irrespective of variety. For Chardonnay, the profile was more developed in the base wine aged off lees than the tirage or base wine aged on lees and in Pino/ Nair; the base wine aged on lees was more developed. The results of this study suggest time on lees post-secondary fermentation has less of an impact on aroma development than the length of the ageing period.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:sparkling wine, methode traditionelle, autolysis, volatile compounds, sensory analysis
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Oenology and viticulture
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Processed food products and beverages (excl. dairy products)
Objective Field:Alcoholic beverages
UTAS Author:Sawyer, S (Dr Samantha Sawyer)
UTAS Author:Longo, R (Dr Rocco Longo)
UTAS Author:Westmore, H (Mrs Hanna Westmore)
UTAS Author:Merry, A (Dr Angela Merry)
UTAS Author:Gnoinski, G (Mrs Gail Gnoinski)
UTAS Author:Dambergs, R (Dr Robert Dambergs)
UTAS Author:Kerslake, F (Dr Fiona Kerslake)
ID Code:138559
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2020-04-15
Last Modified:2021-06-02

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