- Label: Dr Beckermann, Piesporter Mischlsberg, Spätlese, Prädikatswein, 2010
- Varietal: Riesling
- Region: Mosel Germany
- Price: $5.99~Trader Joes
First of all a bit about the German label. Prädikatswein is a designation of quality, meaning the wines were made from the naturally ripest grapes and no chaptalization was allowed. The designation of quality is further broken down into categories including Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beernauslese (BA), Eiswein, and Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA). This wine is a Spätlese which translates to late harvest, whose ripe grapes make wines the can be sweet and light, to dry and full.
The wine pours a very light straw yellow and has an aroma of apple, pear and dried apricot. The taste is of apple juice with a touch of honey in it, and is accompanied by a slight effervescence which is very complimentary. Off dry and not overwhelmingly sweet. After the glass sat, and the spritz dissipated, aromas of pineapple came. through. For 6 bones, this is good stuff. Light, enjoyable, and easy drinking. Not too mention at 8.5% alc, you could enjoy a glass or two in the day at a picnic or before dinner, and not be impacted, so to speak, afterwards.
NOTES: Chaptalization is the addition of sugar to the grapes during fermentation to increase alcohol and sometimes sugar content. Alcohol and sugar helps to balance the acidity in wines. Germany in particular has a cool climate which can produce under ripe acidic grape. Kabinett- a light refreshing wine often served as an apertif. Spätlese- Riper grapes than those in Kabinett wines, which were harvested late in the season. Auslese- Made from even riper grapes than that of spätlese, these wines are richer with some residual sugars. Some are affected by botrytis noble rot but not all. Many Auslese wines respond well to aging. Beerenauslese (BA)- beeren grapes are those which have been effected by botrytis (noble rot). These wines are relatively rare and are sweet. Eisewein- Literally meaning ice wine, because the grapes were frozen before harvest. These wines are very concentrated from having the grapes being high in sugar and acid. Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA)- TBA wines a rare,sweet, and expensive. They are made from hand picked, select grapes, which have naturally desiccated due to botrytis.