Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript
Journal of Food Quality
Volume 2019, Article ID 5981762, 10 pages
Research Article

Volatile Composition, Sensory Profile, and Consumers’ Acceptance of Fondillón

1Departamento de Tecnología Agroalimentaria, Escuela Politécnica Superior de Orihuela (EPSO), Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH), Orihuela, Alicante, Spain
2Detection and Molecular Encapsulation, Food Technologies and Nutrition Department, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, 30107-Guadalupe, Murcia, Spain
3Departamento de Economía Agroambiental, Ingeniería Cartográfica y Expresión Gráfica en la Ingeniería, EPSO, UMH, Orihuela, Alicante, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Ángel A. Carbonell-Barrachina; se.hmu@llenobrac.legna

Received 8 March 2019; Revised 25 April 2019; Accepted 2 June 2019; Published 16 June 2019

Academic Editor: Daniel Cozzolino

Copyright © 2019 Hanán Issa-Issa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


No scientific information exists on quality attributes of Fondillón, a special naturally sweet wine produced from overripe Monastrell grapes and one of the only six wines that can use its own name according to European Union Regulations. The aim of this study was to analyze the composition (physicochemical and volatile profile) and sensory quality of this special wine. A specific lexicon to describe wines under the Alicante PDO was developed, using 28 attributes (11 flavor notes, 3 visual, 2 global, and 12 defects). Forty volatile compounds were isolated, and esters were the main chemical family of volatile compounds of Fondillón (∼70%), followed by alcohols (∼20%). Furthermore, two volatile compounds (TDN and vitispirane) were positively correlated with the age of the Fondillón samples, under the specific working conditions used in this study. According to a sensory study, this wine was appreciated by Spanish consumers as having intense fruity notes, high alcohol content, and some bitter and balsamic notes; however, further research is needed to identify the proper profile of Fondillón consumers and their buying and acceptance drivers.

1. Introduction

Wine fermentation turns grapes into wine. In this process, yeasts take natural sugars from mature grapes and convert them into alcohol and CO2. Hence, most wines are dry or almost dry (they have no sweetness or residual sugar). However, we can find several wines produced through different processes that have some different amount of sugar. This sort of wines is called sweet or dessert wines. Along history, the amount of sugar in the finished wines was a key factor for conservation. Sweet wines were highly valued in ancient Rome and in the Middle Ages and were promoted and marketed within the Dutch and British wine trade of the early 18th century. However, nowadays, they represent a very small percentage of the global wine business. Nevertheless, there is a growing interest in high-quality sweet wines [1].

Dehydrating grapes can be reached in two ways, on-vine or off-vine [2]. Grapes can become overripe through several techniques, such as by exposure to sunlight (Passito, Pedro Ximenez, Málaga); by dehydration in closed rooms of hot or fresh air (Recioto, Vin Santo, Vin de Paille); by grape colonization by fungus Botrytis cinerea, causing noble rot (Alsace, Loire, Montbazillac, Sauternes, Tokaji, Trockenbeerenauslese); by leaving grapes to shrivel in the plot, where they may also be occasionally affected by noble rot (Fondillón, Spatlese, Tokaji Late harvest, Vendage Tardive); or by waiting until winter, causing grape dehydration by ice (Eiswein, Vi de Gel, ice wine) [3]. These on-vine overripe grapes lead to naturally concentrated must, rich in sugars and volatile compounds. Natural sweet wines are mainly featured by their high sugar level, and their quality mainly depends on their aroma compounds [1]. However, still, little is known about the biochemistry behind this special sort of wine [2]. Wines produced according to this method are for example, Alsatia, Fiano, Fondillón, Jurançon, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Picolit, Priorat rancid sweet, and Malvasia from La Palma and Lanzarote [4].

It is possible to classify sweet wines according to the winemaking process: fortified musts, fortified wines, and naturally sweet wines. Fortified musts (Muscat, mistelle) and fortified wines (Port wine, Sherry) are those in which fermentation is stopped by adding alcohol to the must or wine, respectively. On the other hand, naturally sweet wines, including Fondillón, come from overripe grapes and are nonfortified wines. These wines with a total alcoholic strength of not less than 15% by volume (abv), and an actual alcoholic strength of not less than 12% abv are produced without enrichment [5]. Owing to the high grape original sugar content, yeast metabolism implies high levels of alcohol (naturally above 15% abv); this high alcohol content is the most usual cause of cessation of fermentation in nonfortified dessert wines.

Fondillón is a naturally sweet wine (included by the European Union in its E-Bacchus database) produced in the Alicante Protected Designation of Origin, Alicante PDO [6]. Fondillón is a red wine produced in an oxidized (rancio) style from overripe Monastrell grapes; it is typically bottled and sold after a long aging period in oak barrel (minimum 10 years). Fondillón production was almost lost during the end of the 19th century, but fortunately, it was recovered around 1950; but, since then, no scientific approach has been done to fully characterize this wine and to promote its distinctive characteristics.

Consequently, the aim of this study was to develop a sensory protocol (mainly the lexicon) to properly describe the quality of the Fondillón wines being marketed in Spain. This is essential to guarantee that only those wines fulfilling the requirements of the PDO Alicante get the proper seal. To back up sensory data with instrumental and physicochemical data, the basic quality parameters and the volatile profile were also analyzed.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Wine Samples

Seven Fondillón samples (F1–F7) under the Alicante PDO were analyzed in this study, in triplicate (from different batches), to get the main characteristics of this type of wine (quality parameters, typical descriptive sensory profile, and volatile composition). During the first stage of the experiment, Fondillón samples were taken from the seven wineries in Alicante producing this product in 2015 and were kindly donated by the Regulatory Council of the Alicante PDO. Samples consisted of 3 commercial bottles (3 different batches) from each of the 7 wineries, with at least 10 years of aging, but some of the samples had up to 25 years.

At a second stage (validation of the panel and the lexicon), 5 of the previous samples were used to validate the sensory lexicon developed in this study and were randomly labeled as F8–F12. Three samples were used as taken from the wineries, while, to simulate common wide defects, another two of them (randomly selected) were spiked with concentrations of SO2 (sensory descriptor sulfur) and ethyl acetate (sensory descriptor glue) above their detection thresholds. The concentrations used were 250 mg SO2 L−1 (sample F10) (which maximum legal value is 200 mg·L−1 [7]) and 20 mg·L−1 of ethyl acetate (sample F12) (which detection threshold is 12.27 mg·L−1 [8]) and it is reported to range between 8.64 and 17.24 mg·L−1 in alcoholic beverages [9]. Finally, these two samples (F10 and F12) were left for 1 week in a hot room (reaching temperatures up to 35–40°C) to induce slight deterioration of the wines, by simulating real conditions of the wines in hot regions, such as Spain, with no proper control of the storage temperature.

2.2. Quality Parameters

The main physicochemical quality parameters (total alcohol content, volatile and total acidity, pH, relative density, total dry extract, total SO2, and reducing sugars) were analyzed according to the official methods of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), in accordance with the methods published in the first paragraph of Article 120g of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1234/2007 (published in accordance with Article 15 of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 606/2009 of 10 July 2009, and can be located at the OIV web page) [10].

2.3. Volatile Composition

The method selected to determine the composition and quantify the volatile profile of Fondillón samples was headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME). For this analysis, 5 mL of wine, 1.5 g of NaCl, and 10 mL of ultrapure water were placed in a 50 mL vial with a polypropylene cap and a PTFE/silicone septum. The samples were equilibrated for 15 min at 40°C on the vials, and a DVB/CAR/PDMS fiber (50/30 μm) was exposed to the sample headspace at 40°C for 50 min. The extraction conditions (HS-SPME) were optimized to obtain a volatile profile positively correlated with sensory odor characteristics [11]. Similar extraction procedures have been successfully used in fruit liquors [12, 13] and pomegranate wine [14].

The isolation and identification of the volatile compounds were performed using the GC-MS conditions previously described [13]. A gas chromatograph, Shimadzu GC-2010, with a flame ionization detector (FID) was used for the quantification of the volatile composition of samples. The column and chromatographic conditions were the same as those reported previously by Gironés-Vilaplana et al. [13]. The extraction experiments and volatile studies were run in triplicate.

The proposed internal standard, benzyl acetate, was checked for its suitability for our GC analyses. It was found to be absent in the volatile profiles of Fondillón samples, it did not react with water, it possessed similar FID and MS response factors to most of the wine volatiles, and its chromatographic peak did not overlap with any of those of the wine volatiles. Therefore, this compound (50 μL) was used as internal standard (concentration 1.0 g·L−1).

Calibration curves were performed with the following compounds (Sigma-Aldrich, Madrid, Spain) as representative of each chemical family, and with intermediate molecular weights: octanoic acid (organic acids), 1-hexanol (alcohols), nonanal (aldehydes), ethyl hexanoate (esters), limonene (monoterpenes), and γ-nonalactone (lactones), and specific calibration curves were prepared for the two key compounds under study, TDN (1,1,6-trimethyl-1,2-dihydronaphthalene) and vitispirane. These calibration curves were done using synthetic wine as matrix; this wine was prepared by diluting 3.5 g of tartaric acid and 160 mL of ethanol with Milli-Q quality water until 1 L and, then, pH was adjusted to pH 3.5 [15, 16]. The correlation coefficients (R2) for all compounds were above 0.995, and results were expressed as μg·L−1.

2.4. Descriptive Sensory Analysis with Trained Panel

Fifteen panelists (5 women and 10 men) aged 24–61 years (mean age 38 years) participated in this study which took place at the facilities of the Regulatory Board of the Alicante Protected Designation of Origin, Alicante PDO, in Alicante (Spain). They were (i) selected (3 sessions of 1.5 h), according to their results in previous sensory discrimination, ranking, and recognition tests, (ii) trained (12 sessions of 1.5 h, during 4 months) (they were fully trained in descriptive sensory of wines from the Alicante PDO), and (iii) validated (2 sessions of 1.5 h), and are included in the control tools of the Regulatory Board to control the quality of their wines; this tool is included among those certified by the ISO/IEC 17065 : 2012 [17], with the reference number 118/C-PR198. These panelists are paid for their involvement in the current study and any other evaluations they perform.

No orientation session was needed because the panelists of the Alicante PDO are used to evaluate this type of wine. During the panel training, the panelists were instructed about the tasting protocol, the questionnaire structure and the order of the attributes to be evaluated, the lexicon (Table 1), and the scale to be used.

Table 1: Main physicochemical parameters defining the quality of the Fondillón wine.
2.4.1. Wine Evaluation

Initially, wine samples of ∼35 mL were served in the official “black” wine tasting cup [18] for the evaluation of the flavor of the samples, including positive and defect attributes. Later, ∼20 mL was served in the official “transparent” wine-tasting cup [18]. It was decided that the visual stage of the evaluation should be conducted at the end of the tasting to avoid any influence on the objective description of the wines [1921]. Samples were evaluated at room temperature (20 ± 1°C) and under white light and were served coded randomly with three digits together with the appropriate questionnaire, one at a time, and waiting 5 min between samples. Between samples and for palate cleansing, water and unsalted crackers were provided to panelists. In each questionnaire, panelists were asked, to evaluate the intensity of the following attributes: flavor (alcohol, fruity, floral, vegetable, spicy, animal, and toasted), basic tastes (sweet, sour, and bitter), chemical feelings (astringent), global attributes (imbalance and persistence), appearance (limpidity, color, and color intensity), and defects (vegetal, rotten apple, vinegar, glue, soap, sulfur, rotten egg, onion, cauliflower, horse, earthy, and cork). The intensity of the most relevant defect was scored, but the sensory descriptors of “all” found defects were marked in the tasting questionnaire. Panelists used an 11-point scale for the evaluation, in which 10 was extremely high intensity and 0 was extremely low or nonperceptible intensity. Reference materials for each attribute were prepared and were available for all panelists.

Evaluations were carried out in three 1 h sessions to have 3 replications. In each session, the 7 Fondillón samples under evaluation were monadically presented according to a William’s Latin Square design balanced for order and carryover effects.

The panel was validated by analyzing five Fondillón samples, two of which were spiked with chemicals (SO2 and ethyl acetate) leading to odor/aroma and flavor defects, as previously described. Besides, in each session, reproducibility (1 wine from a previous session is evaluated again) and repeatability (1 wine is evaluated twice in each session) are checked, and 1 wine with a significant defect is also introduced. These are the general rules for the working protocol of this accredited panel.

2.5. Affective Sensory Analysis with Consumers’ Panel

A sample group of 60 consumers was recruited at Miguel Hernández University of Elche, UMH (Spain), and consisted of 25 men and 35 women aged between 22 and 67 years. Consumers lived in the East of Spain (Valencian Community, Murcia Region, Andalucia, and Castilla La Mancha Community). The main requirement for their recruitment was that they consumed alcoholic beverages, mainly “aged” wine, at least once a month. The consumer study was conducted at UMH during 4 sessions (15 consumers per session). In each session, consumers tested the 7 Fondillón samples; the 7 samples (F1–F7) under evaluation were monadically presented according to a William’s Latin Square design balanced for order and carry-over effects. Twenty millilitre samples (along with the appropriate questionnaire) were served at room temperature (20 ± 1°C), coded with 3-digit numbers, one at a time, and with a 5 min gap between samples. Between samples and for palate cleansing, water and unsalted crackers were provided to panelists.

In each questionnaire, consumers were asked about their satisfaction degree for the Fondillón samples, using 9-point hedonic scale (9 = like extremely, 5 = neither like or dislike, and 1 = dislike extremely). Besides, consumers were also asked to rank samples according to their preference, from the least preferred sample to the most preferred one.

2.6. Statistical Analysis

All data included in this study are the mean of, at least, 3 replicates for the physicochemical parameters, 15 for descriptive sensory data, and 60 for affective data. All the data were first subjected to analysis of variance (ANOVA) and later to a multiple range test (Tukey’s test), using StatGraphics Plus 5.0 software (Manugistics, Inc., Rockville, MD). Differences were considered statistically significant at .

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Quality Parameters

This is a type of wine with a high alcohol content; the minimum legal threshold is 16% (v/v) [7], and the experimental values ranged from 16.2 upto 21.2% (v/v) (Table 1).

The Fondillón wine is prepared with overripe Monastrell grapes. Then, the reducing sugars should be above a content of 15 g·L−1; although there is no legislation for this minimum value, there is an official maximum threshold for the content of sugars, 40 g·L−1 [7]. As can be seen in Table 1, the experimental values found for the total reducing sugars ranged from 22.0 up to 39.7 g·L−1 (mean of 32.24 g·L−1), proving that all samples used overripe grapes, with a very high content of initial sugars. It is interesting to mention that, in some cases, it is believed that there is an inverse relationship between the alcohol and the reducing sugar contents; however, this was not the case of Fondillón samples, and these two parameters showed no significant relationship (R2 = 0.1044).

The total acidity of Fondillón should be above 3.5 g tartaric acid L−1 and had a mean of 6.35 g·L−1 (range between 5.30 and 7.80 g·L−1) in the studied samples. The legislation also establishes maximum values for the volatile acidity and total SO2 at 1.50 g acetic acid L−1 and 200 mg·L−1, respectively, and the experimental ranges for these two parameters were 0.62–1.50 g·L−1 and 35–142 mg·L−1, respectively (Table 1).

As a summary of this section, it can be stated that the 7 wine samples analyzed fulfilled all legal requirements and, then, they can be legally classified and sold as Fondillón and, then, have Alicante PDO label.

3.2. Volatile Profile and Composition

Forty volatile compounds were isolated, identified, and quantified in the headspace of the seven Fondillón samples analyzed using HS-SPME (Table 2). The volatile aroma compounds found in this specific type of Spanish wine can be grouped in 8 chemical groups: (a) esters (17 compounds): e.g., ethyl acetate, ethyl propionate, and ethyl 2-methylpropanoate; (b) alcohols (7 compounds): e.g., isoamyl alcohol, 2,3-butanediol, and 1-hexanol; (c) aldehydes (5 compounds): e.g., benzaldehyde, nonanal, and decanal; (d) terpenes (4 compounds): e.g., α-thujene, α-pinene, and limonene; (e) organic acids (3 compounds): e.g., acetic acid, octanoic acid, and decanoic acid; (f) ketones (1 compound): β-methyl-γ-octalactone; (g) sulfur compounds (1 compound): sulfur dioxide; and (h) others (2 compounds): vitispirane and TDN (1,1,6-trimethyl-1,2-dihydronaphthalene). The mean relative abundance of these 8 chemical families in the Fondillón samples under study was

Table 2: Identification and contents (μg·L−1) of volatile compounds in Fondillón wine.

The overripe character of the Monastrell grapes used for the preparation of the Fondillón wine together with a long aging determined the volatile composition of the final wine, which was dominated by the ester family (71.4 ± 2.9%), followed by alcohols (20.6 ± 2.2%), as a result of the high alcoholic content of this type of wine. However, the most abundant group, esters, was not the key chemical group in determining the drivers for consumers’ satisfaction degree, which was basically linked to the content of alcohols, according to a preliminary consumer study. There was a statistically significant negative correlation between the percentages of esters and alcohols (R2 = 0.9134); that is, the higher the esters, the lower the alcohols.

The main volatile aroma compounds found in the Fondillón samples, their relative abundance, and their sensory descriptors were as follows:(i)Diethyl succinate (mean for all 7 samples of 22.7%; descriptors: grape, fruity, wine)(ii)Ethyl octanoate (15.0%; descriptors: apricot, floral) and ethyl acetate (17.7%; descriptors: anise, ethereal)(iii)Isoamyl alcohol (9.8%; descriptors: whiskey) and phenethyl alcohol (7.2%; descriptors: honey, rose)

The most important esters in wines (e.g., ethyl acetate and ethyl octanoate) are considered to be the fatty acid ethyl esters, while branched-chain higher alcohols, including isoamyl alcohol, are synthesized from branched-chain amino acids [23]. Thus, there is nothing unusual in the main aroma compounds found in Fondillón wines. Similar to findings by Bailly et al. [24] in Sauternes wines, Fondillón samples, after a minimum aging period of 10 years, still contained odorants found in young Monastrell wines, such as varietal aroma (α-pinene, limonene), fermentation alcohols (phenethyl alcohol), and esters (ethyl acetate, ethyl propanoate, ethyl 2-methylpropanoate), but also contained maturation-related compounds (γ-nonalactone, vitispirane, TDN). Vitispirane and TDN are norisoprenoids that could come from the degradation of carotenoid molecules during wine aging [25].

Factors such as oxygen, temperature, and pH are key parameters, influencing the oxidative changes of Fondillón during its prolonged aging in oak vats, which are permeable to the entrance of oxygen. The specific volatile compounds that develop during its aging are what control the commercial value of the Fondillón wines. Five compounds were key for the aroma quality of Port wine, and their concentrations were markedly different between young and aged samples [26]. These compounds were β-damascenone (sensory descriptor: rose and citrus), β-ionone (floral, violet and rose), 2,2,6-trimethylcyclohexanone, TCH (rose), 1,1,6-trimethyl-1,2-dihydronaphthalene, TDN (petroleum), and vitispirane (camphor and eucalyptus). Some of these norisoprenoid molecules were responsible for floral and violet notes at low concentrations; however, some others (TDN and vitispirane) have nonpleasant aroma notes (e.g., petroleum or camphor), especially at high concentrations, but have been correlated positively correlated with the age of Port wine [27]. There were 15, 5, and 3 times higher levels of TDN, vitispirane, and TCH in 40-year-old than in young ports [26]. In the Fondillón samples, and under the working conditions assayed (HS-SPME and DVB/CAR/PDMS fiber), only 2 of these compounds, vitispirane and TDN, were found using HS-SPME. Future studies will be conducted using other extraction techniques and SPME fibers to check whether all these 5 compounds can also be found in Fondillón. The levels of these two compounds (vitispirane and TDN) were positively correlated (R2 = 0.8410 and 0.7797, respectively) with the age of the solera and can be initially considered a good indicator of the age of the Fondillón samples. Besides, there is a need for further research to determine the key odorants in this special Alicante wine, by using gas chromatography and olfactometry [28, 29].

3.3. Descriptive Sensory Analysis with Trained Panel

Legal sensory definition of the Fondillón wine [7] is as follows:(i)Color: mahogany and amber and with copper tones(ii)Nose: aromatically intense, ripe fruit nuts, well-integrated wood, high roasted(iii)Taste: balanced, good structure, big volume, persistent, and slight sweet

This definition is certainly not wide enough to fully express the whole personality of this type of wine. Besides, there is a pressing need to have methods certified by official accreditation bodies to score the sensory quality of foods [30], and wine is not an exemption. In 2015, the Alicante PDO selected, trained, and validated their sensory panel to evaluate the wines protected by this organization. During the training, the panel developed, together with the UMH researchers who were responsible for this training, the lexicon compiled in Table 3. This lexicon was prepared according to experience of the panelists included in the panel, who were oenologists, sommeliers, researchers, etc., and to previous studies developing similar lexicons for other Spanish wines, such as Rioja Alavesa [19, 31] and txakoli [32]. The lexicon was divided into 4 phases or steps: (i) flavor (including odor (perception of volatile compounds with the wine in the cup) and aroma (perception of the volatile compounds with the wine in the mouth)), (ii) global, (iii) visual, and (iv) defects for each one of the previous three phases. The visual evaluation was conducted in a black cup to avoid any subjective color bias.

Table 3: Lexicon used for the descriptive analysis of Fondillón.

The Alicante PDO has prepared “typical profiles” for each one of the wines under their protection, including Fondillón, and the wines under evaluation should be as close to the Alicante profiles as possible, with a tolerance level established by the Regulatory Body. The sensory profile of the first 7 Fondillón samples (F1–F7) fully agreed with the scores of the typical Fondillón profile of the Alicante PDO, shown in Table 4, in the column “PDO profile.”

Table 4: Descriptive sensory analysis of commercial samples of Fondillón used to validate the sensory lexicon.

However, the trained panel of the Alicante PDO, using the sensory lexicon specific for Fondillón (Table 3), identified two samples (F10 and F12) during the validation step, which were considered as having significant problems, which should preclude their labeling with the Alicante PDO seal (Table 4). The problems in these two samples were mainly due to (i) defects in the olfactory phase, with defects having scores of 2.8 and 2.5 and (ii) imbalances (sour, astringent, and bitter) in the global phase, with scores being 3.0 and 2.0, for samples F10 and F12, respectively. Eleven out of 15 panelists described the defect found in the sample F10 (SO2) as sulfur, while all panelists properly described the excessive occurrence of ethyl acetate as “glue.”

Besides, two parameters were used to validate the quality of the sensory lexicon and the performance of the sensory panel: (i) repeatability in attribute identification and scores: ability to identify the same attributes (including defects) and give similar scores when the same wine is evaluated in two replications in the same session and (ii) reproducibility in attribute identification and scores: ability to identify the same attributes (including defects) and give similar scores when the same wine is evaluated in replicate in different sessions [19]. The values of these two parameters for the panel sessions were acceptable for the requirements of the PDO Alicante; standard deviation of the same wine sample should be ≤1.3 for all the identified attributes.

Thus, the conclusion of this section was that the sensory lexicon and questionnaire developed especially for Fondillón samples under the Alicante PDO have been validated by detecting the two spiked and spoiled samples.

3.4. Affective Sensory Analysis with Consumers’ Panel

A preliminary consumer study (with only 60 consumers) seemed to indicate that the highest satisfaction degree (8.0 in sample F2) was linked to the fruity notes, the alcoholic content, the aftertaste, and the presence of key volatile compounds, such as vitispirane (which sensory descriptor is eucalyptus) and benzaldehyde, with a bitter almond note. The satisfaction degree ranged between 4.4 and 8.0. However, more complex affective tests (regular Fondillón consumers, a consumer number >100, and 4-5 locations in different regions of Spain) must be conducted to prove the hypothesis raised in this preliminary affective study.

4. Conclusions

The combined use of instrumental (HS-SPME-GC-MS/FID) and sensory (descriptive sensory analysis and consumer studies) tools has allowed proper classification of the Fondillón samples. To have a full description of this wine, a specific lexicon to describe wines under the Alicante PDO label was developed. This wine (Fondillón), historically known as Alicante wine, was highly appreciated by today’s Spanish consumers when having intense fruity notes, but at the same time, high alcoholic content and some bitter and balsamic notes, such as those coming from benzaldehyde (bitter almond) and vitispirane (eucalyptus). However, further affective studies are needed using a higher number of consumers and including more locations within different regions of Spain and also in the European Union as the initial potential market for this wine. The age of the Fondillón samples has been successfully linked with the contents of two key compounds TDN and vitispirane, but other extraction and analysis techniques must be assayed to fully prove this statement.

Data Availability

The data used to support the findings of this study are included within the article.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.


The authors want to thank the Alicante PDO ( for kindly providing the Fondillón samples and let us use their trained panel and facilities for the study. Luis Noguera-Artiaga was funded by an FPU grant from the Spanish government (FPU014/01874).


  1. P. Reboredo-Rodríguez, C. González-Barreiro, R. Rial-Otero, B. Cancho-Grande, and J. Simal-Gándara, “Effects of sugar concentration processes in grapes and wine aging on aroma compounds of sweet wines-a review,” Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, vol. 55, no. 8, pp. 1053–1073, 2015. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  2. L. Rolle, F. Torchio, S. Giacosa, and V. Gerbi, “Modifications of mechanical characteristics and phenolic composition in berry skins and seeds of mondeuse winegrapes throughout the on-vine drying process,” Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, vol. 89, no. 11, pp. 1973–1980, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  3. A. Valero, S. Marín, A. J. Ramos, and V. Sanchis, “Survey: ochratoxin a in european special wines,” Food Chemistry, vol. 108, no. 2, pp. 593–599, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  4. M. Figuereido-González, B. Cancho-Grande, and J. Simal-Gándara, “Effects of colour and phenolic composition of sugar concentration processes in dried-on-or dried-off-vine grapes and their aged or not natural sweet wines,” Trends in Food Science and Technology, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 36–54, 2013. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  5. EC, Council Regulation (EC) No 479/2008 of April 2008 On the Common Organisation of the Market in Wine, in 479/2008, European Union, Brussels, Belgium, 2008.
  6. D. Alicante, Fondillón de Alicante, time is a luxury, 2016,
  7. G. Valenciana, Orden 5/2011, de 16 de Noviembre, de la la Conselleria de Agricultura, Pesca, Alimentación y Agua, Por la que se Aprueba el Texto del Reglamento y Pliego de Condiciones de la Denominación de Origen Protegida Alicante y su Consejo Regulador, Diario Oficial de la Comunitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain, 2011.
  8. C. Lorenzo, F. Pardo, A. Zalacain, G. L. Alonso, and M. R. Salinas, “Differentiation of co-winemaking wines by their aroma composition,” European Food Research and Technology, vol. 227, no. 3, pp. 777–787, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  9. G. A. Burdock, Fenaroli’s Handbook of Flavor Ingredients, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL, USA, 6th edition, 2010.
  10. OIV, Compendium of International Methods of Analysis of Wines and Musts, vol. 2, OIV, Paris, France, 2016,
  11. A. Alonso, L. Vázquez-Araújo, S. García-Martínez, J. J. Ruiz, and Á. A. Carbonell-Barrachina, “Volatile compounds of traditional and virus-resistant breeding lines of Muchamiel tomatoes,” European Food Research and Technology, vol. 230, no. 2, pp. 315–323, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  12. Á. A. Carbonell-Barrachina, P. J. Szychowski, M. V. Vásquez, F. Hernández, and A. Wojdyło, “Technological aspects as the main impact on quality of quince liquors,” Food Chemistry, vol. 167, pp. 387–395, 2015. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  13. A. Gironés-Vilaplana, Á. Calín-Sánchez, D. A. Moreno, Á. A. Carbonell-Barrachina, and C. García-Viguera, “Novel maqui liquor using traditional pacharán processing,” Food Chemistry, vol. 173, pp. 1228–1235, 2015. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  14. A. J. Andreu-Sevilla, P. Mena, N. Martí, C. García Viguera, and Á. A. Carbonell-Barrachina, “Volatile composition and descriptive sensory analysis of pomegranate juice and wine,” Food Research International, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 246–254, 2013. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  15. L. Vera, M. Mestres, R. Boqué, O. Busto, and J. Guasch, “Use of synthetic wine for models transfer in wine analysis by HS-MS e-nose,” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 143, no. 2, pp. 689–695, 2010. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  16. A. de-la-Fuente-Blanco, M.-P. Sáenz-Navajas, and V. Ferreira, “Levels of higher alcohols inducing aroma changes and modulating experts’ preferences in wine model solutions,” Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 162–169, 2017. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  17. ISO 17065:2012, Conformity Assessment. Requirements for Bodies Certifying Products, Processes and Services in 17065:2012, ISO/IEC, New York, NY, USA, 2012.
  18. ISO 3591:1977, Sensory Analysis. Apparatus. Wine Tasting Glass, ISO, Geneva, Switzerland, 1977.
  19. I. Etaio, M. Albisu, M. Ojeda, P. F. Gil, J. Salmerón, and F. J. Pérez Elortondo, “Sensory quality control for food certification: a case study on wine. Panel training and qualification, method validation and monitoring,” Food Control, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 542–548, 2010. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  20. G. Morrot, F. Brochet, and D. Dubourdieu, “The color of odors,” Brain and Language, vol. 79, no. 2, pp. 309–320, 2001. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  21. W. V. Parr, K. G. White, and D. A. Heatherbell, “The nose knows: influence of colour on perception of wine aroma,” Journal of Wine Research, vol. 14, no. 2-3, pp. 79–101, 2003. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  22. NIST. National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2016,
  23. A. L. Robinson, P. K. Boss, P. S. Solomon, R. D. Trengove, H. Heymann, and S. E. Ebeler, “Origins of grape and wine aroma. Part 1. Chemical components and viticultural impacts,” American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, vol. 65, no. 1, pp. 1–24, 2014. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  24. S. Bailly, V. Jerkovic, A. Meurée, A. Timmermans, and S. Collin, “Fate of key odorants in sauternes wines through aging,” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 57, no. 18, pp. 8557–8563, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  25. A. Silvaferreira and P. Guedes de Pinho, “Nor-isoprenoids profile during port wine ageing—influence of some technological parameters,” Analytica Chimica Acta, vol. 513, no. 1, pp. 169–176, 2004. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  26. N. Moreira and P. Guedes de Pintho, “Port wine,” in Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, R. S. Jackson, Ed., pp. 119–146, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2011. View at Google Scholar
  27. C. F. Ross, A. C. Zwink, L. Castro, and R. Harrison, “Odour detection threshold and consumer rejection of 1,1,6-trimethyl-1,2-dihydronaphthalene in 1-year-old riesling wines,” Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 335–339, 2014. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  28. R. M. Callejón, M. L. Morales, A. M. Troncoso, and A. C. Silva Ferreira, “Targeting key aromatic substances on the typical aroma of sherry vinegar,” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 56, no. 15, pp. 6631–6639, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  29. L. Culleré, A. Escudero, J. Cacho, and V. Ferreira, “Gas chromatography−olfactometry and chemical quantitative study of the aroma of six premium quality Spanish aged red wines,” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 52, no. 6, pp. 1653–1660, 2004. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  30. F. J. P. Elortondo, M. Ojeda, M. Albisu, J. Salmerón, I. Etayo, and M. Molina, “Food quality certification: an approach for the development of accredited sensory evaluation methods,” Food Quality and Preference, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 425–439, 2007. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  31. I. Etaio, M. Albisu, M. Ojeda, P. F. Gil, J. Salmerón, and F. J. P. Elortondo, “Sensory quality control for food certification: a case study on wine. Method development,” Food Control, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 533–541, 2010. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  32. I. Etaio, P. F. Gil, M. Ojeda, M. Albisu, J. Salmerón, and F. J. Pérez Elortondo, “Improvement of sensory quality control in PDO products: an example with txakoli white wine from Bizkaia,” Food Quality and Preference, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 138–147, 2012. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus