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[mass noun] Yeast allowed to develop in a whitish film on the surface of dry (fino) sherries and similar wines during fermentation.
- ‘In contrast with the fermentation strains, the flor yeasts have a permanent presence in the winery, dating from the 19th century in the Jerez region of southern Spain.’
- ‘It is easy to know if a cask has been affected since the flor develops as a layer on top of the wine in the cask.’
- ‘At slightly higher concentrations, it contributes to the distinctive and characteristic smell of fino sherry and other flor wines.’
Late 19th century: from Spanish, literally flower.
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