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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Siegerrebe, modern German vine cross grown principally, like certain giant vegetables, by exhibitionists, Sieger meaning ‘champion’. In Germany it can break, indeed has broken, records for its ripeness levels, but the flabby white wine it produces is so rich and oppressively musky that it is usually a chore to drink. It was bred from savagnin rose and madeleine angevine and has been known to reach double the Oechsle reading required for a trockenbeerenauslese. Total German plantings had blessedly dwindled by 2012 to under 100 ha/250 acres in Pfalz and Rheinhessen. The variety has also been used to bolster some blends in england, Switzerland, Washington state, and British Columbia.