Botrytis Wine is a type of mould that can affect wine grapes, and it is also known as "noble rot." In certain circumstances, the presence of Botrytis can have a positive impact on the grapes, resulting in a type of wine that is characterised by concentrated, intense flavours and aromas. Botrytis wines are typically sweet and luscious, with notes of honey, apricot, and dried fruit.
The conditions for Botrytis to develop are specific, and the mould thrives in a moist environment. Botrytis grapes are left on the vine longer than normal, to allow the mould to develop and add complexity to the grapes. The mould causes the grapes to dehydrate, leading to an increase in the concentration of sugar, acidity, and flavour compounds. This results in a wine that is much sweeter and more flavourful than a wine made from grapes that were not affected by Botrytis.
Botrytis Dessert Wine
Botrytis wines are often referred to as "sticky" wines and are typically served as dessert wines. They are often enjoyed with rich, sweet desserts, such as cakes and pastries, as well as with strong cheeses.
Botrytis wines are made in several regions around the world, including the Sauternes region of Bordeaux in France, the Rheinhessen region of Germany, and the Tokaji region of Hungary. These regions are known for producing some of the world's finest and most sought-after Botrytis wines.