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Yeast population dynamics during the fermentation and biological aging of sherry wines

AuthorsEsteve Zarzoso, Braulio; Peris Torán, María José; García Maiquez, E; Uruburu, Federico; Querol, Amparo
Keywordsalcoholic fermentation
biological aging
sherry wines
Issue DateMay-2001
PublisherAmerican Society for Microbiology
CitationApplied and Environmental Microbiology 67 (5) : 2056-2061 (2001)
AbstractMolecular and physiological analyses were used to study the evolution of the yeast population, from alcoholic fermentation to biological aging in the process of 'fino' sherry wine making, The four races of 'flor' Saccharomyces cerevisiae (beticus, cheresiensis, montuliensis, and rouxii) exhibited identical restriction patterns for the region spanning the internal transcribed spacers 1 and 1 (ITS-1 and ITS-2) and the 5.8S rRNA gene, but this pattern was different, from those exhibited by non-flor S, cerevisiae strains. This flor-specific pattern was detected only after wines were fortified, never during alcoholic fermentation, and all the strains isolated from the velum exhibited the typical flor yeast pattern. By restriction fragment length polymorphism of mitochondrial DNA and karyotyping, we showed that (i) the native strain is better adapted to fermentation conditions than commercial strains; (ii) two different populations of S, cerevisiae strains are involved in the process of elaboration, of fine sherry wine, one of which is responsible for must fermentation and the other, for wine aging: and (iii) one strain was dominant in the flor population integrating the velum from sherry wines produced in Gonzalez Byass wineries, although other authors have described a succession of Faces of flor S, cerevisiae during wine aging. Analyzing all these results together, we conclude that yeast population dynamics during biological aging is a complex phenomenon and differences between yeast populations from different wineries can be observed.
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