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About the Wine
German Riesling is one of the most sought-after wines within professional wine circles. Sommeliers and wine aficionados hold high praise for this unique and food-friendly wine. Nicknamed the "naked grape" riesling perfectly captures the terroir and showcases the unique sense of place, unlike any other grape. This high-acid variety is one of the most versatile wines when paired with food. If you're new to the world of wine or only think of Riesling as cheap, sweet wine, this 2018 Old Vine Riesling will change your mind.
The complexity of Mosel wines is reflected by nature. On one hand, it is made of rugged, stony landscapes with extremely steep slate slopes and on the other, it is overgrown with foliage reliefs and rolling hills. These opposites come into perfect harmony with in this Riesling. Fruity acidity and complex aromas combine to create a culinary delight. The preservation of traditional techniques coupled with sustainable viticulture and respect for nature has top priority in the production of their wines.
Tasting Notes: White Wine. 100% Riesling. Thirty-year-old vines provide more concentrated flavors of grapefruit, orange oil, and white peach. The perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, with a long mineral-laced finish. Perfect with spicy Thai food or seafood-based dishes.
About the Winery
There are no secrets to the production of Kracher’s unparalleled range of remarkable sweet wines, headlined each year by up to a dozen or more trockenbeerenauslese cuvées. For three generations the Kracher family has led the way in the Seewinkel, that corner (Winkel) of Austria to the east of Lake Neusiedl, just an hour’s drive from Vienna. It was Alois Kracher Senior, back in the ‘50s and ‘60s who first realized the potential of the area for quality wine growing. Then in 1991, Alois Junior (Luis) set the world on fire with his ‘new’ style of dessert wine, focusing on finesse and balance in addition to just outright sweetness. From there he went on to win the British Wine Journal’s ‘Winemaker of the Year’ title 5 times, before his untimely passing in 2007.
“Luis” Kracher was one of the greatest visionaries in winemaking and was a driving force behind the “Austrian wine wonder” during the 1990s and a motor behind the renaissance of noble sweet wines. The whole wine world mourned the premature death of Luis, who – as a trained chemist – began his winemaking career at his father’s estate aged twenty-two years old.
He created a new style of dessert wine, in which the fruit character, ﬁnesse, and balance of the wine were far more important than just mere sweetness. The 1991 vintage brought Kracher his ﬁrst international acclaim, and shortly afterward, his name would become synonymous with cult sweet wines, especially in America.
Zwischen den Seen "in between the lakes" are the wines aged in wood barrels or tanks, and under long yeast, contact to deliver fresh, fruity wines with grape aromas. The Nouvelle Vague wines are aged in small barrels and allowed to interact with air during the aging process. The Nouvelle Vague are vivid and lively in taste, these wines show a spicy depth and length.
The dessert wines from Kracher are now widely considered some of the finest "Stickies" or sweet wines in the world. In fact, the Kracher wines have bested the noble (and much, much more expensive) Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes in numerous blind tastings. These wines are bright fresh and a true celebration to drink and enjoy. Kracher sweet wines are also incredibly interesting and delicious to drink following extended aging; they are built to last generations.
If you love sweet wines, these are some of the finest sweet wines available anywhere. BHW has the best price in the US.
About the Wine
Grape Variety: 100% Welschriesling
Residual Sugar: 251.1 g/L
Acidity: 7 g/L
Vinification: Fermented and matured in stainless steel for 18 months.
Tasting notes: Sweet Wine. 100% Welschriesling. 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.
An earthy glint precedes the lemony caramel notes that dominate the nose. Honey-drizzled apricots reveal themselves with a second sniff and come on full tilt on the luscious palate. A lovely lemon sharpness along with a delicious streak of bitterness counters the sweetness. Wave upon wave of apricot flavor settles on the tongue, pulsating like an epicenter of pleasure. Drink until 2040, at least. ~98WE