'Noble Rot' or botrytis is a type of fungus that shrivels and decays wine grapes. Let's find out what 'Noble Rot' wine is all about.
What Does ‘Noble Rot’ Do?
‘Noble Rot’ basically does two things to wine: it intensifies the sweetness level and adds flavor complexity.
Intensifies Sweetness ‘Noble Rot’ causes grapes to dehydrate while maintaining the sugar levels. More wine grapes are needed to make the same amount of juice and thus the juice has higher sugar content. Dessert wines made from Noble Rot grapes are more viscous and sweeter, some even have higher alcohol content.
Adds Flavor Sommeliers often use the words “honey,” “beeswax” and “ginger” to describe the flavors that botrytis adds to wine. This could be because Noble Rot wines often have higher levels of a special aroma compound called phenylacetaldehyde. This compound is also commonly found in buckwheat and milk chocolate.