Daily Wine 6/22/17:
Alois Kracher – Grande Cuvée – TBA #7 – Nouvelle Vague – Burgenland – 2002 – 375ml
- This is a sweet white wine made from 50% Chardonnay and 50% Welschriesling by Alois Kracher in Austria.
- The wine is feremented and matured in new barriques for 23 months before being bottled.
- TBA stands for Trockenbeerenauslese of the Österreichischer Prädikatswein classification, which is classification of ripeness for when the grapes are picked. Trockenbeerenauslese is the sweetest classification and this wine has over 250 grams/liter of residual sugar.
- Kracher’s winery and vineyards are on the shore of Lake Neusiedl and provide an optimal climate for the development of Botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, which is a beneficial fungus that concentrates the sugars and flavors of the grapes. Botrytis is also involved in the production of sweet wines like Sauternes.
- Alois Kracher passed away in 2007, but was one of the most successful winemakers of Austria and built his fame by making some of the best sweet wines in the world, like the one featured here today.
- Pair this with almond cake.