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Prädikatswein - Superior Quality Wine

The wines covered by the term Prädikatswein fall into six categories: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein (ice wine). They represent superior quality wines under German Wine Law due to the extremely stringent restrictions of the grape varieties, degree of ripeness, as well as to demands upon the elegance and harmony of the finished wine. Until the 2007/2008 vintage, they were known as ‘Qualitätswein mit Prädikat’.

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Spätburgunder MP trocken 2015 - Markus Pfaffmann
Spätburgunder MP trocken 2015 - Markus Pfaffmann
Markus Pfaffmann (Karl Pfaffmann)Germanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.57 / 1 liter(s))
£9.43 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.57 / 1 liter(s))
70011-DE-RW-PN-014-15
Weißburgunder MP trocken 2016 - Markus Pfaffmann
Weißburgunder MP trocken 2016 - Markus Pfaffmann
Markus Pfaffmann (Karl Pfaffmann)Germanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£11.24 / 1 liter(s))
£8.43 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£11.24 / 1 liter(s))
70011-DE-WW-PB-00003-14
unplugged Riesling 2015 - Weingut Tesch
unplugged Riesling 2015 - Weingut Tesch
Weingut TeschGermanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£15.94 / 1 liter(s))
£11.96 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£15.94 / 1 liter(s))
70643-DE-WW-RI-001-16
Dr. Koehler Dornfelder Pfandturm Qualitätswein halbtrocken 2012
Dr. Koehler Dornfelder Pfandturm Qualitätswein halbtrocken 2012
Dr. KoehlerGermanysemi-dry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£10.38 / 1 liter(s))
£7.78 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£10.38 / 1 liter(s))
70011-DE-RW-DO-0005-10
Twentysix weiss 2016 - Bickel-Stumpf
Twentysix weiss 2016 - Bickel-Stumpf
Weingut Bickel-StumpfGermanysemi-dry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£16.21 / 1 liter(s))
£12.16 * £12.98 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£16.21 / 1 liter(s))
70011-DE-WW-BL-985-12
Blauschiefer Riesling dry 2016 - Hoffmann-Simon
Blauschiefer Riesling dry 2016 - Hoffmann-Simon
Weingut Hoffmann-SimonGermanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.09 / 1 liter(s))
£9.07 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.09 / 1 liter(s))
70302-DE-WW-RI-003-12
Riesling 2015 QbA trocken 1,0 l - Markus Pfaffmann
Riesling 2015 QbA trocken 1,0 l - Markus Pfaffmann
Markus Pfaffmann (Karl Pfaffmann)Germanydry
Content 1 liter(s)
£8.05 *
Content 1 liter(s)
70011-DE-WW-RI-008-12
Aufwind Weissburgunder und Chardonnay 2016 - Thomas Hensel
Aufwind Weissburgunder und Chardonnay 2016 - Thomas Hensel
Weingut HenselGermanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£14.70 / 1 liter(s))
£11.02 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£14.70 / 1 liter(s))
70456-DE-WW-BL-002-13
Aufwind Cuvée Weiss 2016 - Thomas Hensel
Aufwind Cuvée Weiss 2016 - Thomas Hensel
Weingut HenselGermanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£15.51 / 1 liter(s))
£11.64 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£15.51 / 1 liter(s))
70456-DE-WW-BL-001-13
Riesling Briedeler Weisserberg 2013 - Weingut Walter
Riesling Briedeler Weisserberg 2013 - Weingut Walter
Weingut WalterGermanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£22.44 / 1 liter(s))
£16.83 * £19.43 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£22.44 / 1 liter(s))
70449-DE-WW-RI-004-12
Pornfelder 2014 - Lukas Krauß
Pornfelder 2014 - Lukas Krauß
Lukas KraußGermanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£14.71 / 1 liter(s))
£11.03 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£14.71 / 1 liter(s))
70468-DE-RW-BL-001-14
Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Qualitätswein trocken - Markus Pfaffmann
Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Qualitätswein trocken - Markus Pfaffmann
Markus Pfaffmann (Karl Pfaffmann)Germanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£13.84 / 1 liter(s))
£10.38 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£13.84 / 1 liter(s))
70011-DE-WW-SB-00007-11
Portugieser Rosé trocken 1,0 l  2016 - Thomas Hensel
Portugieser Rosé trocken 1,0 l 2016 - Thomas Hensel
Weingut HenselGermanydry
Content 1 liter(s)
£8.97 *
Content 1 liter(s)
70456-DE-RO-BP-001-14
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Tag für Tag Spätburgunder halbtrocken 1,0 l 2015 - Frankhof Weinkontor
Tag für Tag Spätburgunder halbtrocken 1,0 l 2015 - Frankhof Weinkontor
Weinkontor FrankhofGermanysemi-dry
Content 1 liter(s)
£8.43 *
Content 1 liter(s)
70217-DE-RW-PN-001-16
Grande Cuvée 1531 Crémant Brut - Sieur d'Arques
Grande Cuvée 1531 Crémant Brut - Sieur d'Arques
Sieur d'ArquesFrancebrut - herb - bruto
Content 0.75 Flasche(n) (£20.77 / 1 Flasche(n))
£15.58 *
Content 0.75 Flasche(n) (£20.77 / 1 Flasche(n))
70342-FR-SW-BL-001
Höhenflug Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - Thomas Hensel
Höhenflug Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - Thomas Hensel
Weingut HenselGermanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£26.85 / 1 liter(s))
£20.14 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£26.85 / 1 liter(s))
70456-DE-WW-SB-004-13
Crémant Brut Grande Cuvée 1531 Rosé AOC Languedoc - Sieur d'Arques
Crémant Brut Grande Cuvée 1531 Rosé AOC Languedoc - Sieur d'Arques
Sieur d'ArquesFrancebrut - herb - bruto
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£20.77 / 1 liter(s))
£15.58 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£20.77 / 1 liter(s))
70342-FR-SW-BL-002
Kallstadter Saumagen Spätburgunder 2011  - Rings
Kallstadter Saumagen Spätburgunder 2011 - Rings
RingsGermanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£69.24 / 1 liter(s))
£51.93 * £52.63 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£69.24 / 1 liter(s))
70011-DE-RW-BL-0025-11
Ermitage AOC 2012 - Maison Nicolas Perrin
Ermitage AOC 2012 - Maison Nicolas Perrin
Maison Nicolas PerrinFrancedry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£91.69 / 1 liter(s))
£68.76 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£91.69 / 1 liter(s))
70519-FR-RW-SY-002-13
Köwericher Laurentiuslay Riesling Spätlese 2013 - Hoffmann-Simon
Köwericher Laurentiuslay Riesling Spätlese 2013 - Hoffmann-Simon
Weingut Hoffmann-SimonGermanymedium sweet
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£15.43 / 1 liter(s))
£11.57 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£15.43 / 1 liter(s))
70302-DE-WW-RI-009-13
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Weißburgunder Goldkapsel trocken 2016 - Ellermann-Spiegel
Weißburgunder Goldkapsel trocken 2016 - Ellermann-Spiegel
Ellermann-SpiegelGermanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£16.46 / 1 liter(s))
£12.35 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£16.46 / 1 liter(s))
70569-DE-WW-WB-010-15
Grauer Burgunder eins zu eins 2015 Kabinett trocken - Weingut Diehl
Grauer Burgunder eins zu eins 2015 Kabinett trocken - Weingut Diehl
Weingut A. DiehlGermanydry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.98 / 1 liter(s))
£9.74 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.98 / 1 liter(s))
70126-DE-WW-PG-002-12
Aufwind Cabernet-Merlot Rosé 2015 - Thomas Hensel
Aufwind Cabernet-Merlot Rosé 2015 - Thomas Hensel
Weingut HenselGermanysemi-dry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£16.62 / 1 liter(s))
£12.47 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£16.62 / 1 liter(s))
70456-DE-RO-BL-002-14
Castalides Réserve AOP 2013 - La Grange
Castalides Réserve AOP 2013 - La Grange
Domaine La GrangeFrancedry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£17.66 / 1 liter(s))
£13.24 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£17.66 / 1 liter(s))
70125-FR-RW-BL-002-12
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Prädikatswein – Classification According to Must Weight

Which of the abovementioned categories a high quality wine falls under depends upon its must weight, which can differ between grape varieties and winegrowing regions. As a rule of thumb, a Kabinett must have a minimum of 73 °Oechsle, for Spätlese 85 degrees, for Auslese 95 degrees, for Beerenauslese 125 degrees, and for Trockenbeerenauslese 150 °Oechsle. Ice wines are made from over-ripe grapes which have frozen on the vine and must be kept frozen at a maximum temperature of -8° C until they are pressed. A Kabinett wine is generally a light fine wine with a relatively low alcohol content. The remaining categories are assigned to increasingly sweet to noble sweet wines.

Criteria for Prädikatswein

German Wine Law stipulates that a Prädikatswein must be made of grapes that originate from a single region. In practice, the grapes often even originate from a single location. Furthermore, the grape varieties used must be approved for the production of Prädikatswein and originate from wineries that have also been approved for Prädikatswein production. The only exception is allowed for grapes used for the production of Süßweinreserve (Sweet Reserve Wine). Chaptalisation – i.e. adding sugar either during or after fermentation – is prohibited. Augmentation of residual sugar content may only be achieved by adding grape must of equal or superior quality. Single region cuvées are permissible if the blending wines both come from the same region and both exhibit the minimum alcohol content prescribed for their respective wine quality status. Prädikatswein may not be bottled before March 1st of the year following the harvest. The wines must pass an official quality control test before they are granted Qualitätswein status. The wine is issued an official certification number (= AP-Nr.), which must be stated on the label.

The hierarchy of German Prädikatswein (from lowest to highest) is as follows: Kabinettweinen (Cabinet Wine), Spätlesen (late harvest wine), Auslesen (wine made from hand-picked grapes), Beerenauslesen (wine made from selected, hand-picked grapes) and the superior quality Trockenbeerenauslesen (wine made from selected, hand-picked grapes that have dried on the vine). Each of these categories are also classed according to their must weight. Eisweine (ice wines) are also classed as Prädikatsweinen.

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