Wine Faults – Detecting aromas in faulty wine

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In this video we take a look at common wine faults, of which there are many. Some of the common ones are:

Acetaldehyde Smell of roasted nuts or dried out straw.

Amyl-acetate Smell of “fake” candy banana flavoring

Brettanomyces Smell of barnyards, fecal and gamey horse aromas

Cork taint Smell of a damp basement, wet cardboard or

Ethyl acetate Smell of vinegar, paint thinner and nail polish remover

Hydrogen sulfide Smell of rotten eggs or garlic that has gone bad

Oxidation Smell of cooked fruit and walnuts. Also detectable visually by premature browning or yellowing of the wine

Sulfur dioxide Smell of burnt matches. Can also come across as a pricking sensation in the nose.

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