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Kracher Zweigelt Beerenauslese Burgenland 2018 (375ml)

Dessert Wine from Burgenland, Austria
$32.99

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From the producer: Clear and with delicate plummy and some oaky notes on the fine and precise nose, the 2018 Zweigelt Beerenauslese is a very elegant, refined and balanced BA with a certain friskiness and astringency on the finish.
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Alois Kracher was a legend. He was living in Vienna as a chemist when he realized he needed to go home to his tiny town of Illimitz and take up the mantle of winegrower. For 30 years he then crafted some of the greatest Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese this world has ever known.
After his untimely death his son Gerhard has continued on the family legacy. There is real skill in making sweet wine balanced and the magic here is equal parts farming and blending. Alois perfected the practice of using different grapes at various degrees of ripeness to impart enough acidity that wines, although sweet, were never cloying.
The bottles age for a very long time, I've yet to find one past its prime and I've been lucky enough to experience 35+ year old bottles on several occasions. Dessert wines may not be to everyone's liking but it’s hard for me to imagine anyone finding fault with a sip of Kracher after a long meal.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 93
"Blending 70% Welschriesling with 30% Chardonnay, the 2018 Cuvée Beerenauslese offers a fascinating, precise and spicy quince and refreshing lemon zest aroma and even salinity. Bottled with 135 grams per liter of residual sugar, this is a highly elegant, refined and perfectly balanced Cuvée with precision, lingering salinity and delicate freshness. Sustainable candied fruit aromas. This is a gorgeous BA that should go perfectly well with mature cheese, certainly Kaiserschmarrn (torn pancake) and salted popcorn." -Robert Parker

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Zweigelt

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    375ml

  • Farming Practice

    Traditional

  • Style

    Aromatic , Fruity , Rich

  • Sweetness

    Sweet

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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