Kracher have become synonymous for producing incredible sweet wines in the Seewinkel region of Burgenland in Austria, near Lake Neusiedl. They make Auslese wines (Auslese means ‘late-picked’ or late-harvested) and are also noted for their Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese wines which are made utilising ‘noble rot’ or Botrytis, a form of mould that develops on the grape skins. Both late harvesting and Botrytis cause concentration of the natural grape sugars which lead to luscious sweet wines.
This wine is an Auslese which means the grapes are picked late when they are overripened and have begun to shrivel on the vine. As water evaporates from the grape, the natural sugar remains meaning the resulting wine will be sweeter with concentrated flavours too. This is made from a blend of Chardonnay (60%) and Welschriesling (40%, unrelated to Riesling) and is aged in stainless steel tanks for 11 months. Gerhard Kracher oversees production having taken over from both his Father and Grandfather who founded the estate, Alois Kracher Jnr and Snr.
Opening with enticing tropical aromas of tangerine, passionfruit and jasmine, this is a superbly elegant and vibrant wine. Well integrated acidity balances the natural sweetness and a note of honey on the finish is particularly pleasant. The classic food match of spiced curry dishes certainly works here but we also enjoyed this as an digestif in its own right. Also a match for dessert such as peach or pear tarts. 10% ABV.