I have already responded to the survey from a post on another forum (you are certainly making the rounds, Graham), but thought it worth mentioning the term petrichor
with regard to minerality here. It is a particularly Australian term (JR's allusion that different countries can have quite different lexicon is very true). Although it's technically of a vegetal nature (and is perhaps more fitting in a "earth" or "vegetal" context), I find it's often used by tasters in a "mineral" context.
Adair wrote: Panda 9D wrote:
Graham R wrote:http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a201204102.html
She dumps on Suckling's use of 'focus', claiming she's not sure of its meaning, when I've seen her use the term herself. Odd.
Yep, that part grated with me a bit too.
I've always found (incorrectly read?) JR to criticise in underhanded/indirect ways. She also uses the term "mineral", though the article almost implies she's unwilling to (or uncertain how to) define the term (even by her own choice of definition).
"Modish" implies people are using the term "mineral" simply because it's popular/trendy, whereas I suspect it's more that the concept has increasingly entered the conciousness of various wine geek communities and that's consequently led to a higher (unprecented?) frequency of usage.