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

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Recent Examples on the Web And yes, there often is a creamy element — that’s the butter — which is often the result of secondary malolactic fermentation. Esther Mobley,, "Where to taste the broad variety of Chardonnay in Napa and Sonoma," 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, "Dry hard ciders used to be the rage in Wisconsin. A new cider maker wants to bring that back," 17 Mar. 2020 While many, many red wines undergo malolactic fermentation a.k.a. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Chardonnay," 5 Aug. 2019 Surprising technical wine fact of the week: Heitz Cellar does not allow its red wines to go through malolactic fermentation! Esther Mobley,, "Orange wine is not ‘an assault on pleasure,’ it’s a window into our changing tastes," 12 Sep. 2019 The malolactic Ramey mentioned is a secondary fermentation that transforms tart malic acid into softer lactic acid. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "5 things to know about chardonnay, the world’s most popular white wine," 26 July 2019 Toasty flavors come from the char on the new oak barrels, but the butter on that toast comes from malolactic fermentation. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "5 things to know about chardonnay, the world’s most popular white wine," 26 July 2019 Red wines regular go through malolactic fermentation, a process that smooths out the wine and reduces its acidity. Fortune, "Germany Might Be Producing the Best Pinot Noirs Available Today," 14 July 2019 And whether it’s put through malolactic fermentation or not, the underlying acid is the backbone of the wine. Paul Hodgins,, "Adult Beverages: Rombauer’s winemaker has cracked the secret to bestselling chardonnay," 13 June 2019

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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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8 Nov 2020

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“Malolactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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