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For those whose pockets do not stretch to the giddily expensive trockenbeerenauslese, beerenauslese offers a marginally cheaper opportunity to appreciate the luscious sweetness which German and Austrian white wines can achieve. The term means literally ‘berry selection’, and denotes that each grape used in the wine has been individually picked to ensure that it has reached the perfect degree of over-ripeness, and also that it has been affected by the botrytis mould that further concentrates its juice (although not to the extent of shrivelling up, as in trockenbeerenauslese). See also Auslese, spätlese, trockenbeerenauslese.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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