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Why Some Wines Smell Like Tropical Fruits

If you’ve ever smelled a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, you’ve smelled thiols (“thigh-all”, rhymes with “style”). These are the aroma compounds that smell like grapefruit, guava, passion fruit, and yes, sometimes cat pee.

A guava, passionfruit, and grapefruit personified, holding up glasses of white wine
(Shown are guava, passionfruit, & grapefruit aromas) Drawing by Anna Sprenger

What are thiols?

Thiols are odorous compounds that contain sulfur. Our understanding of thiols is a recent development in the wine world…

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Charlotte Adams

Charlotte Adams

Wine science master’s student at ISVV, Bordeaux. Editor of Common Road Wine. I like cool-climate wines & outdoor hockey rinks.

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