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Posted by Luchow ( on October 20, 2002 at 23:17:44:

In Reply to: getting out more posted by Margaret ( on October 20, 2002 at 16:23:48:

1993 Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese
In 1993 Robert Weil succeeded in producing four noble sweet wines: a 'gold capsule' Auslese, an Eiswein, a Beeren-Auslese and a Trocken-Beeren-Auslese. After several days' rain the weather changed in the second half of October. By the end of the month the pickers had gone through the vineyards around ten times, each time with three containers, one for nobly rotten grapes (Auslese), one for super-nobly rotten grapes (Beeren-Auslese) and one for super, super-nobly rotten grapes (Trocken-Beeren-Auslese). In doing so sprigs of nobly rotten berries were cut out of the bunches which were only partly infected. Afterwards there were of course still 'healthy' grapes left on the vines, which were subsequently harvested on 24th November when the temperature had dropped to minus ten degrees centigrade and their rich juice was transformed into Eiswein. The greatest among this noble sweet wine collection (though in reality all merit top wine status) is this opulent Trocken-Beeren-Auslese: 215 degrees Oechsle, 300 grammes of residual sugar and 437 DM a bottle.

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