Beerenauslese

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Beerenauslese, literally ‘berry selection’, refers to sweet Austrian or German wines, usually made from botrytized grapes. By german wine law, minimum must weights are laid down for each combination of vine variety and region and vary from 110 to 128 °oechsle. The iconic examples, often prodigiously long-lived, are complex and rich yet exhilarating Rieslings. In Austria, a minimum of 25 KMW (approximately 127 °Oechsle) is stipulated, and wines bearing this prädikat are commonly grown only around the neusiedlersee in burgenland (and then from diverse grapes), being rare elsewhere.