ma·​lo·​lac·​tic | \ ˌma-lō-ˈlak-tik How to pronounce malolactic (audio) , ˌmā- \

Definition of malolactic

: relating to or involved in the bacterial conversion of malic acid to lactic acid in wine malolactic fermentation

Examples of malolactic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The base wines always go through malolactic fermentation, which softens the acidity. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 No technical jargon was thrown around; there was nary a mention of malolactic conversion or whole-cluster fermentation. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Oct. 2021 The first wave of producers, in the mid-twentieth century, like Hanzell, Stony Hill, Mayacamas and Mount Eden, often made wines that were lean and crisp: fermented in steel, without malolactic conversion. Esther Mobley,, 17 Oct. 2016 During the malolactic fermentation, the malic acid present in the wine is converted to lactic acid. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Bay Malbec using carbon maceration, the same method that allows Beaujolais Nouveau to be released young, here straight after malolactic fermentation and final pressing. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Their lean examples do not undergo malolactic and see only neutral oak. Esther Mobley,, 27 Oct. 2017 And yes, there often is a creamy element — that’s the butter — which is often the result of secondary malolactic fermentation. Esther Mobley,, 27 Oct. 2017 Steinmetz uses malolactic fermentation, in which the tart apple taste (malic acid) is converted to softer tasting (lactic acid). Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of malolactic

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malolactic

malic + -o- + lactic

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13 Jan 2022

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“Malolactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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