Ask Sid: Band-Aid Aromas?

August 24th, 2016
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wine that tastes like a band aid

Question: I opened a red wine that smelled just like a box of Band-Aids in a jar of grape jam. What would cause that?

Answer: Quite a description! Not sure what your wine is but quite likely to be a young ripe Shiraz (or syrah) with that typical jammy sweet fruit that was tainted by the antiseptic-like notes of brett (brettanomyces). This is a wild yeast (pronounced brett-TAN-oh-MY-sees) that can provide some complexity at low levels but more usually gives lots of acedic acid with off odors like a Band-Aid smell. Also can intensify the flavours so is now being deliberately used in the making of some beers for that reason. Did you like the wine? Most tasters would consider it a fault.


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August 24th, 2016

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