Many wines exhibit fruit smells. The following is a list of some of the fruit aromas that can be found in wines.
Found in many fresh, young white wines.
Classic varietal character of Viognier, but also found in Riesling, Champagne and others.
Often found in cool-fermented whites and red wines that have undergone carbonic maceration (e.g., Beaujolais Nouveau). In Alsace wines it is the precursor to bottle-aged spiciness.
Ripe Pinot Noir.
A soft, perfumed aroma.
Classic cool-climate Pinot Noir.
Often found in fresh, young whie wines
This flavor can sometimes be found in cool climate Syrah and New World Merlot.
Some mature wine wines possess this aroma
A classic character of Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Found in Gewürztraminer, Scheurebe and sometimes Chardonnay.
Unripeness, usually in taste, as opposed to the pithy yet ripe fruit aroma of a Granny
Suggests a simple commercial quality unless part of a more complex aroma, such as citrus fruit or lemony-oak.
Softer, finer and more complex that lemon, found in Australian Riesling and Sémillon.
Part of Gewürztraminer’s varietal aroma, between the rose petal and spice.
Softer than orange, mandarin suggests more complexity and finesse in Muscat or Riesling.
Melon with tropical fruits can be part of warm climate Chardonnay character, but with apple and pear will simply be an amylic aroma.
The fresh, grapy aroma of the Muscat grape is an aromatic characteristic that can be found
in wines other than those made from the Muscat itself.
Many white wines, particularly Muscat and Riesling. Fortifieds.
New world Sauvignon Blanc.
Ripe Riesling as typified by Rheingau and New World Chardonnay.
Also known as “Banana Oil” or “Pear Oil”, is characteristic of cool-fermented whites and red wines that have undergone carbonic maceration (e.g., Beaujolais Nouveau).
Often found in New World Chardonnay. Can be an indication of some botrytised grapes.
Mostly confined to red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Syrah.
A classic reductive aroma.
Fortified wines, particularly Muscat. Raisined grapes!
Herbaceous yet fruity, raspberry is classic youthful cool-climate Syrah. Also found in Pinot
Noir (slightly warmer climate than cherry). In other varieties it may indicate an over-vigorous canopy.
Youthful Pinot Noir, probably cool-climate.
Some yeasts tend to produce a rhubarb-like fruitiness, particularly in wines that have undergone carbonic maceration.
More distinctive than the simple apple aroma.
Classic ripe Pinot Noir.
Either more complex or less distinct medley of raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, blackcurrant.
A ripe tomato taste can by found in some white (Sylvaner) and red (Merlot, Pinot Noir and various Italian) wines.
Usually New World whites, particularly Chardonnay, but can be found in Old World wines, even Champagne (from Sézanne).