noble rot

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noble rot White grapes affected by the fungus Botrytis cinerea. It spoils the grapes if they are damaged by rain, but if they are ripe and healthy, and the weather is sunny, it causes them to shrivel and concentrates the sugar, so that top quality sweet wines can be made. See also wine classification, Germany.

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noble rot The rot of white grapes that is caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea; infected fruit is used to make high-quality sweet wines.

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noble rot The rot of white grapes which is caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea; infected fruit is used to make high-quality, sweet wines.