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German ‘Prädikatswein’ is classified on the basis of the ripeness of the grape and must weight. In ascending order of must weight the predicates are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein. Depending on the grape variety and the German wine region, Auslese wines require a must weight of 83 to 100 degrees Oechsle, which is a higher must weight than Spätlese wine, but lower than Beerenauslese. Auslese literally means ‘sorting out’, which means that only the fully ripe grapes are selected for the wine and the unripe grapes are removed. Wine with the predicate auslese often contains some residual sweetness, although nowadays they are also vinified dry.


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