Firstly, let’s take a look at just what noble rot is.
Believe it or not, noble rot is actually a fungus that loves wine grapes. Many do however refer to it as a beneficial fungus, due to the properties and impact we are about to discuss. The posh name for this fungus is Botrytis Cinerea, hence the fact that you may hear experts refer to botrytis wine. This is basically noble rot wine or any type that has been affected by this ingenious form of fungi.
However, do not be fooled into thinking noble rot is always a good thing. If you are looking for the unique flavour that the fungus provides, then great; it does need to be harnessed with caution though.
If the weather is particularly wet and the noble rot is allowed to set in too much, then this can destroy wine crops irreparably. Due to the fact that grapes tend to become infected with botrytis when they are ripe, this obviously needs to be closely monitored and controlled, something that many wine experts have taken decades, even generations to perfect.
Noble rot only officially takes place when the grapes are then exposed to drier conditions and start to look more “raisined”, it is then that they become perfect for creating the fine, sweet desert wines that you may have enjoyed in some of the more sophisticated restaurants around the word, or perhaps as an investment option.