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oxidized

oxidised (GB)

Description for the condition of a wine in the context of a wine address. Although there are special wines such as variants of sherry that are deliberately and consciously oxidized under the influence of oxygen, this is usually undesirable. Causes are uncontrolled air supply in the barrel or also in the bottle due to a faulty cork, for example. Such a wine smells of old straw and has a flat, worn taste. It comes to an initially yellowish to brownish discoloration. As a consequence, this leads to the wine defects aging tone, brown breakage, unwanted sherry tone and in extreme cases to transformation into vinegar. Related terms of oxidized are firned, madeirized, rahn, rancio and rancid. See also under oxidation.

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