MLF observed in Australian wines

Date or time period: 1950s

Occurrence of malolactic fermentation (MLF) was first confirmed to occur naturally in Australian wines in the mid 1950s but its role in wine quality remained controversial until the 1980s when it became widely promoted in red wines and some non-floral white wine styles[1].


  1. Bishop (1980) Australian Winemaking – The Roseworthy Influence, Chapter 14