The effect of early leaf pulling on thiol production in an Oregon Sauvignon Blanc (2018)

Chemeketa Community College, Scott Dwyer

Thiols have become a defining characteristic of aromatic Sauvignon Blanc wines. Early defoliation in the fruit zone has been shown to increase thiol production in South African Sauvignon Blanc (Šuklje et al 2104). In this study, leaves were removed from the east side of the fruit zone immediately after fruit set. Control rows had no leaf pulling. Resulting wines showed no differences in major chemistry, however wines with leaves pulled had lower concentration of thiols. Sensory analysis of resulting wines showed higher thiol intensity in control wines, with these wines also scoring significantly higher for aromatic intensity and acidity.

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