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    Auslese Wines

    According to German wine law, an Auslese wine is a predicate wine vinified from fully ripe grapes. The character and quality of an Auslese wine is defined by the ripeness of the berries and their sugar content at the time of harvest.

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    Rieslaner Auslese 0,5 l 2019 - Ellermann-Spiegel
    Rieslaner Auslese 0,5 l 2019 - Ellermann-Spiegel
    Weingut Ellermann-Spiegel
    10.55 £*
    Content 0.5 liter(s) (£21.10 * / 1 liter(s))
    70569-DE-WW-RL-010-15
    Apotheke Riesling Auslese 0,5 l 2018 - Josef Rosch
    Apotheke Riesling Auslese 0,5 l 2018 - Josef Rosch
    Josef Rosch
    20.78 £*
    Content 0.5 liter(s) (£41.56 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-DE-WW-RI-00041-12
    Rheingau Riesling Auslese Hallgartener Jungfer 2014 - Bibo Runge
    Rheingau Riesling Auslese Hallgartener Jungfer 2014 - Bibo Runge
    Bibo Runge
    25.45 £* £33.33 *
    Content 0.5 liter(s) (£50.90 * / 1 liter(s))
    70487-DE-WW-RI-0085-14
    Enkircher Steffensberg Riesling Auslese 0,375 l 2015 - Villa Huesgen
    Enkircher Steffensberg Riesling Auslese 0,375 l 2015 - Villa Huesgen
    Villa Huesgen
    32.17 £*
    Content 0.375 liter(s) (£85.79 * / 1 liter(s))
    70126-DE-WW-RI-388-11
    Altenberg Riesling Auslese 2017 - Von Othegraven
    Altenberg Riesling Auslese 2017 - Von Othegraven
    Von Othegraven
    38.67 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£51.56 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-DE-WW-RI-541-16

    Auslese Wine

    In compliance with German Wine Law, an Auslese wine is a superior quality predicate wine made from fully ripened grapes and has a minimum must weight of 95 °Oechsle. In Baden an Auslese must have a must weight of at least 102 °Oechsle, regardless of the grape variety. The minimum must weight for Austrian Auslese wines is 105 °Oechsle.

     

    Auslese – With and Without Botrytis Notes

    The character and quality of an Auslese wine is defined by the ripeness of the berries and their sugar content at time of harvest. In regard to the harvest, only fully ripened, golden-yellow grapes are permitted for wines labelled with the quality standard Auslese. Grapes that have been afflicted with noble rot (Botrytis cinerea) on the vine have to be picked by hand. For the high quality standards of Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese, handpicking is prescribed by law. In addition, the berries with noble rot must already be dry on the vine before picking can begin. Most German Auslese wines are produced from the Riesling grape variety or the Scheurebe. Their fruity and mineral notes together with the Botrytis notes (if applicable), give this wine its special character.

     

    The Growing Popularity of Trockenbeerenauslese Wines

    Trockenbeerenauslese translates roughly to ‘handpicked dried grapes’. This type of Auslese wine is almost always vinified as a sweet wine, which results in wines with a relatively low alcohol content and a harmonic blend of acidity and fruity-lush sweetness. The trend in German wineries has, however, moved toward the production of dry Auslese wines with a traditional alcohol content and a more distinctive all-round character. The true character of Auslese wines develops only after a long period of maturation. They do not lose their drinkability even after five to ten years. Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese wines can be aged in the bottle for several decades.

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