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Category - Australia & NZ

In Hunter Valley Shiraz, what causes the “horsey” or sweaty saddle odor?
  1. That is a normal characteristic of all Shiraz.
  2. American Oak.
  3. The soil.
  4. Brettanomyces.
Explanation
Answer: D - Brettanomyces causes the “horsey” odor in Hunter Valley Shiraz. It was thought that the sweaty saddle odor found in Hunter Shiraz was from the soil but now it is understood that it’s a result of ethyl-4-phenol caused by the Brettanomyces yeast.
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