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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.

    Beerenauslesen (german for: "selected harvest of berries") are rare, elaborately produced wine specialities. Their characteristic features are their rich, natural sweetness as well as fine honey notes with low alcohol content. Beerenauslese wines often show a deep golden colour with associations of ripe honey or amber. With good storage they can mature optimally in the bottle for many decades.

    In Germany and Austria, Beerenauslesen are special quality wines (until 2007/2008: quality wine with distinction), whose production and quality standards are regulated by the wine law.

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    Cuvée Beerenauslese 0,375 l 2017 - Weinlaubenhof Kracher
    Cuvée Beerenauslese 0,375 l 2017 - Weinlaubenhof Kracher
    Kracher edelsüß (sweet) Austria
    15.50 €*
    Content 0.375 liter(s) (€41.33 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-AT-WW-BL-146-09
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    Rieslaner Auslese 0,5 l 2019 - Ellermann-Spiegel
    Rieslaner Auslese 0,5 l 2019 - Ellermann-Spiegel
    Weingut Ellermann-Spiegel sweet Germany
    9.25 €*
    Content 0.5 liter(s) (€18.50 * / 1 liter(s))
    70569-DE-WW-RL-010-15
    Riesling Beerenauslese 0,375 l 2015 - Markus Pfaffmann
    Riesling Beerenauslese 0,375 l 2015 - Markus Pfaffmann
    Markus Pfaffmann (Karl Pfaffmann) edelsüß (sweet) Germany
    20.37 €*
    Content 0.375 liter(s) (€54.32 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-DE-WW-RI-00113-09
    Apotheke Riesling Auslese 0,5 l 2018 - Josef Rosch
    Apotheke Riesling Auslese 0,5 l 2018 - Josef Rosch
    Josef Rosch edelsüß (sweet) Germany
    18.23 €*
    Content 0.5 liter(s) (€36.46 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-DE-WW-RI-00041-12
    Beerenauslese 0,375 l 2015 - Esterházy
    Beerenauslese 0,375 l 2015 - Esterházy
    Esterházy edelsüß (sweet) Austria
    15.50 €*
    Content 0.375 liter(s) (€41.33 * / 1 liter(s))
    70336-AT-WW-BL-001-10
    Rheingau Riesling Auslese Hallgartener Jungfer 2014 - Bibo Runge
    Rheingau Riesling Auslese Hallgartener Jungfer 2014 - Bibo Runge
    Bibo Runge sweet Germany
    22.32 €* €29.23 *
    Content 0.5 liter(s) (€44.64 * / 1 liter(s))
    70487-DE-WW-RI-0085-14
    Altenberg Riesling Auslese 2017 - Von Othegraven
    Altenberg Riesling Auslese 2017 - Von Othegraven
    Von Othegraven edelsüß (sweet) Germany
    33.92 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€45.23 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-DE-WW-RI-541-16
    Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Auslese 2019 - Weinhaus Steffen
    Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Auslese 2019 - Weinhaus Steffen
    Weinhaus Gebrüder Steffen sweet Germany
    8.68 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€11.57 * / 1 liter(s))
    70697-DE-WW-RI-004-18
    Beerenauslese Red 0,375 l 2017 - Angerhof Tschida
    Beerenauslese Red 0,375 l 2017 - Angerhof Tschida
    Angerhof Tschida edelsüß (sweet) Austria
    12.18 €*
    Content 0.375 liter(s) (€32.48 * / 1 liter(s))
    70697-AT-RW-BF-001-17
    Muskat Ottonel Auslese 2018 - Angerhof Tschida
    Muskat Ottonel Auslese 2018 - Angerhof Tschida
    Angerhof Tschida edelsüß (sweet) Austria
    10.92 €*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (€14.56 * / 1 liter(s))
    70697-AT-WW-MU-001-18
    Beerenauslese Grüner Veltliner 0,375 l 2017 - Angerhof Tschida
    Beerenauslese Grüner Veltliner 0,375 l 2017 - Angerhof Tschida
    Angerhof Tschida edelsüß (sweet) Austria
    12.57 €*
    Content 0.375 liter(s) (€33.52 * / 1 liter(s))
    70697-AT-WW-VL-006-17
    Beerenauslese Sämling 0,375 l 2015 - Angerhof Tschida
    Beerenauslese Sämling 0,375 l 2015 - Angerhof Tschida
    Angerhof Tschida edelsüß (sweet) Austria
    14.81 €*
    Content 0.375 liter(s) (€39.49 * / 1 liter(s))
    70697-AT-WW-SR-002-15
    Gelber Muskateller Eiswein 0,375 l 2018 - Angerhof Tschida
    Gelber Muskateller Eiswein 0,375 l 2018 - Angerhof Tschida
    Angerhof Tschida edelsüß (sweet) Austria
    27.20 €*
    Content 0.375 liter(s) (€72.53 * / 1 liter(s))
    70697-AT-WW-MU-002-18
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    Doctor Riesling Auslese Mosel 2019 - Weingüter Wegeler
    Doctor Riesling Auslese Mosel 2019 - Weingüter Wegeler
    Weingüter Wegeler edelsüß (sweet) Germany
    24.73 €*
    Content 0.375 liter(s) (€65.95 * / 1 liter(s))
    70121-DE-WW-RI-098-18
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    Rothenberg Riesling Auslese 2018 - Weingüter Wegeler
    Rothenberg Riesling Auslese 2018 - Weingüter Wegeler
    Weingüter Wegeler edelsüß (sweet) Germany
    16.47 €*
    Content 0.375 liter(s) (€43.92 * / 1 liter(s))
    70121-DE-WW-RI-121-18
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    Oestricher Doosberg Riesling Auslese 1992 - Weingüter Wegeler
    Oestricher Doosberg Riesling Auslese 1992 - Weingüter Wegeler
    Weingüter Wegeler sweet Germany
    27.20 €*
    Content 0.5 liter(s) (€54.40 * / 1 liter(s))
    70121-DE-WW-RI-137-92
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    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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