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Bunch or Cluster or Infructescence?

At present I am using "Bunch" as the data standard in VitiSynth. Should I be using "Cluster" instead? Or the more formal "Infructescence"?

Here is some background-

The OIV Description des Cepages du Mond descriptors refer primarily to "Bunch".

I typed "Vitis+Bunch" into Google today and had 106 000 results. "Vitis+Cluster" returned 348 000. "Vitis+Infructescence" only 3100.

I also tried "Grapevine+Bunch" (537 000) , "Grapevine+Cluster" (385 000) and "Grapevine+Infructescence" 7500 !!! So does this mean that researchers are tending to use "Cluster" more often and other writers are preferring "Bunch"? Another good example of why we need wine industry data standards!

Oxford dictionary definitions-

Bunch- "A number of things, typically of the same kind, growing or fastened together: ‘a bunch of grapes’"

Cluster- "A group of similar things or people positioned or occurring closely together: ‘clusters of creamy-white flowers’"

Wikipedia entry uses "Cluster"

Infructescence hardly rolls off the tongue, is rarely used, however inflorescence is used in preference to flower bunch or flower cluster.


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