I wasn’t sure whether to put this in the Wine Descriptors Thread, but in the end decided to start something new - that one is already quite long, and new stuff on the end of old threads can get lost. Sorry if you think it would have better there.
Anyway, I’ve noticed that “Funk”, “Funky” and “Funkiness” are descriptors that are increasingly used, and I’m really mystified as to their meaning. I’ve seen a wine described as having “Burgundy funk”. I’ve seen amphora and South African wines described as “funky”. And so on. An internet search seems to suggest that it means “marginally faulty”, which doesn’t sound good, yet I’ve seen it in an approving way. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s used around natural wines. But it doesn’t seem to be a particular taste. Does it just mean “it’s a bit weird, but I can’t really describe it”?
At the moment, I’m struggling to find it useful (far more so than minerality, which is a concept I do think I understand). When I read it, I’ve no idea what I’m expecting to taste. Can anybody help me?