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Viticultural and controlled phenolic release treatments affect phenolic concentration and tannin composition in pinot noir wine


Carew, AL and Kerslake, FL and Bindon, KA and Smith, PA and Close, DC and Dambergs, RG, Viticultural and controlled phenolic release treatments affect phenolic concentration and tannin composition in pinot noir wine, American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 71, (4) pp. 256-265. ISSN 0002-9254 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5344/ajev.2020.19003


Pinot noir fruit is often relatively low in the phenolics important for wine mouthfeel and color stabilization. Previous research has shown that leaf removal can influence the concentration and composition of Pinot noir fruit phenolics, but it is not clear to what extent these effects on grape composition are carried through the winemaking process. A novel thermal treatment, ‘Controlled Phenolic Release’ (CPR), has been demonstrated effective for increasing the phenolic concentration of Pinot noir wines, but there is currently limited information on the interaction between this process and viticultural practices. CPR is microwave heating of grape must to hasten phenolic extraction. This study applied viticultural treatments to Pinot noir (no leaf removal; leaf removal at post-flowering and pre-veraison) in two commercial vineyards (A and B), and winemaking treatments in replicated microvinifications (control; CPR with skin contact; CPR with early pressing) were applied to fruit from vineyard A. Effects on grape and wine phenolics were examined using UV-visible spectrophotometry. Wine tannin composition and polymerization were assayed by methyl cellulose precipitation (MCPT) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Viticultural treatments applied produced significant effects in vineyard A but not vineyard B. Winemaking treatments impacted the concentration of phenolics in wines, but there was no interaction between viticultural and winemaking treatments; effects were additive. Of scientific and practical significance was the finding that grape phenolic concentration determined from homogenate extractions of fruit did not reliably predict Pinot noir wine phenolics. Further, in wines, variation in tannin composition, the extent of tannin polymerization and tannin size was found between treatments. The novel findings here are that the viticultural treatment and the winemaking treatments were both significant and, being independent of each other, offered two separate ways to adjust phenolics in Pinot noir wine. Viticultural and winemaking treatments were also shown to affect tannin composition, with potential mouthfeel and color stability implications.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pinot noir, viticulture, oenology
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Oenology and viticulture
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Industrial crops
Objective Field:Wine grapes
UTAS Author:Carew, AL (Dr Anna Carew)
UTAS Author:Kerslake, FL (Dr Fiona Kerslake)
UTAS Author:Close, DC (Professor Dugald Close)
UTAS Author:Dambergs, RG (Dr Robert Dambergs)
ID Code:138925
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2020-05-12
Last Modified:2021-09-02
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