Ask Sid: Lanolin?

February 3rd, 2016
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Ask Sid: Lanolin in wine
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Question: At a recent wine tasting the speaker spoke about the presence of “lanolin”. What does that mean?

Answer: Yes that term is confusing because it is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “fat found naturally on sheep’s wool and used purified for cosmetics”. It is sometimes used to describe a rich textured slightly lemony flavoured wine that reminds you of the smell of a natural wool sweater. It often is particularly apt for the characteristic aromas of the Semillon grape and for quality Sauternes sweet wines with a more “oily” character. Look for it.

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February 3rd, 2016

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