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Kracher Welschriesling Trockenbeerenauslese No. 11 (375ML) 2015

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6.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Bright golden-yellow. Bouquet of meadow herbs, delicate notes of stone fruit and lychee. The palate is fresh and vibrant, with nuances of pineapple, and tropical fruit notes on the finish, complemented with a hint of honey in the aftertaste. Good grip.

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WE 99
Wine Enthusiast
A touch of smoke, freshly brewed Darjeeling and candied peel of bitter orange unite in a most intriguing nose. The viscous liquid is of an unusual density, brimming at every atom with its barley sugar flavors and caramelized black tea leaf and citrus notes. There is a wonderfully alluring element of bitterness that sets as much of a counterpoint to the otherworldly sweetness as the rapier acidity. The purity of expression is astonishing; concentration and intensity are extraordinary. An elixir. Drink until 2040, at least.
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JS 98
James Suckling
This is so rich and so silky with a stunning intensity of dried yellow fruit and underlying, luscious sweetness. Yet, somehow, there's a certain delicacy, too. It's impossible to describe the myriad spicy nuances of this opulent wine; they will show better when it has more bottle age. Drink in 2020.
RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Aged for 18 months in stainless steel, the 2015 Trockenbeerenauslese No 11 Welschriesling Zwischen den Seen is precise and spicy on the concentrated yet highly refined and even subtle nose. Rich and nobly sweet on the palate, this is a lush and highly elegant as well as finessed Welsch with really fine tannins and a lovely freshness. The acidity is vital but integrated, and the wine has remarkable balance even though the residual sugar weighs in at 313 grams per liter.
JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck
Taking the sugar up to another level with 313 grams and a minuscule alcohol of 6.5%, the 2015 Trockenbeerenauslese No 11 Welschriesling Zwischen den Seen offers a thick, unctuous style that takes time in the glass to open up. Beautiful, honeyed aromatics of apricots, dried herbs, caramelized citrus, and white flowers all emerge from this incredibly classy, elegant, powerful, perfectly balanced dessert wine. It has a big, thick mid-palate, lots of sugar, and vibrant acidity, all promising a solid, lengthy evolution over the coming 3-4 decades.
Rating: 95+
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Petrol, baked apple and spice flavors are allied to a lean frame. Balanced, yet feels a bit softer than its peers, as the aftertaste extends with dried apple and spice notes. Drink now through 2029.
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Located in the Seewinkel, an area in the Burgenland region of Austra, along the eastern shore of Lake Neusiedl, Weinlaubenhof Alois Kracher is in possession of a microclimate uniquely suited to the production of Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese wines. 32 hectares of vineyards are planted with Welschriesling, Chardonnay, Traminer, Muskat Ottonel and Scheurebe. Kracher is internationally regarded as one of the finest dessert wine makes. After Alois Kracher passed away in December 2007, his 27 year-old son Gerhard took over responsibility of winemaking. He manages the winery with the same strength, firm will and consequence as his famous father once did.
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The source of Austria’s finest botrytized sweet wines, Burgenland covers a lofty portion of Austria's wine producing real estate. It encompasses the smaller regions of Neusiedlersee, Neusiedlersee-Hügelland, Mittelburgenland and Südburgenland. The latter two are most associated with their exceptional red wines. The region as a whole produces no shortage of important whites.

Neusiedlersee, named for the lake that it surrounds to the east, is home to a great diversity of grape varieties. The region’s most notable wines, however, are the botrytis-infected, sweet versions.

Neusiedlersee-Hügelland, which wraps the lake on its western side, includes the town of Rust, a historically esteemed wine community. Its close proximity to the lake’s fog and mist make it another source of some of the more prestigious botrytized wines. Neusiedlersee-Hügelland also produces fine Blaufränkisch, Pinot Blanc, Neuburger and Grüner Veltliner, though a label will usually name the more general, Burgenland, so as not to confuse it with its eastern cousin, Neusiedlersee, across the lake.

Blaufränkisch is well suited to and makes up over half of the vineyard area in Mittelburgenland. The region’s hills and plateaus, which are composed of variations in schist, loess and clay-limestone, produce high quality reds with interesting diversity.

Südburgenland, also known for its deep, complex and age-worthy Blaufränkisch, is beginning to turn out some alluring whites from Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc).

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Apart from the classics, we find many regional gems of different styles.

Late harvest wines are probably the easiest to understand. Grapes are picked so late that the sugars build up and residual sugar remains after the fermentation process. Ice wine, a style founded in Germany and there referred to as eiswein, is an extreme late harvest wine, produced from grapes frozen on the vine, and pressed while still frozen, resulting in a higher concentration of sugar. It is becoming a specialty of Canada as well, where it takes on the English name of ice wine.

Vin Santo, literally “holy wine,” is a Tuscan sweet wine made from drying the local white grapes Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia in the winery and not pressing until somewhere between November and March.

Rutherglen is an historic wine region in northeast Victoria, Australia, famous for its fortified Topaque and Muscat with complex tawny characteristics.

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