ma·​lo·​lac·​tic ˌma-lō-ˈlak-tik How to pronounce malolactic (audio)
: 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 According to the winemaker, a small portion of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation, which gives the wine a silky texture. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 5 Dec. 2023 It can be converted to lactic acid through the process known as malolactic fermentation, which adds a creamy texture to wine and softens the acid’s rough edges. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 1 Aug. 2023 The 2020 is a blend of 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 32 percent Merlot, 13 percent Cabernet Franc, 5 percent Petit Verdot that was fermented in stainless steel and oak tanks and then transferred to oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation and mature for 18 months. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 23 May 2023 This reserve wine is fermented in oak vats and stainless-steel tanks and was allowed to go through full malolactic fermentation while aging for 12 months in French oak barrels, giving it a creamy texture on the palate. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 13 Apr. 2023 What is malolactic fermentation? Marc Bona, cleveland, 27 Sep. 2020 There was no malolactic fermentation, keeping this on the tingly-zesty side of things, but the complexity for which Far Niente is known is unmistakable. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 Fermentation was carried out in older French oak barrels and the wine was allowed to undergo a long and complete malolactic fermentation which lends creaminess and a silky texture. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 16 Nov. 2022 Many red wines and some white wines such as Chardonnay, Viognier or Soave undergo malolactic conversion, which adds stability to wines but may decrease the sense of freshness. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


malic + -o- + lactic

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malolactic was in 1908

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“Malolactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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