Funny smell to my wine

Funny smell to my wine

Post by David Farrel » Thu, 09 Jul 1998 04:00:00



I had a similar experience years ago when I didn't use sodium metabisulphite
when I used pottasium sorbate to stabilize the wine. If hte kit has a poor
balance of the 2, this may be your problem, unfortunately, the smell never
left the wine.
Quote:

> I bottled a white burgundy (concentrate kit wine) about a month ago.

> I opened a bottle today.  The wine tastes alright but it has a funny odor
> to it.  It smells like, purple violets or something like that.

> Anyone know why?  How can remedy this problem.

> Thanks...CD

 
 
 

Funny smell to my wine

Post by MnSR » Thu, 09 Jul 1998 04:00:00


It was probably the sorbate.  The FAQ for this newsgroup says:

T18. MY WINE HAS A GERANIUM SMELL. WHY?

It has to do with the sorbate you use to stabilize the wine.
Apparently, particularly with sweet wines, sorbate can react in the
wine and make a geranium smell.

Martin J. Crane

 
 
 

Funny smell to my wine

Post by Mark Hedi » Sat, 11 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Sorbate in wine with insufficient sulfite levels has been known to
generate the geranium smell due to some continued fermentation.  (ML or
the remaining yeast in the wine).  Since the sorbate does not kill any
yeast in the wine, but merely stops them from budding, the yeast can
still consume any remnants of sugar (fermentation).  Sulfite levels
should be maintained at amounts sufficient to stop ML fermentation also,
in combination with the sorbate in order to avoid geraniums in the wine.

- Mark

Quote:

> It was probably the sorbate.  The FAQ for this newsgroup says:

> T18. MY WINE HAS A GERANIUM SMELL. WHY?

> It has to do with the sorbate you use to stabilize the wine.
> Apparently, particularly with sweet wines, sorbate can react in the
> wine and make a geranium smell.

> Martin J. Crane