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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, Kabinett wines require a must weight of 67 to 82 degrees Oechsle. Kabinett is the lowest classification in the German ‘Prädikatswein’ and is made from ripe grapes from the normal harvest. Kabinett wines have a lower must weight than Spätlese wines and are usually low(er) in alcohol and have a fresh, crisp acidity.


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