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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, Spätlese wines require a must weight of 76 to 90 degrees Oechsle. Spätlese wines are made from grapes that are picked at least 7 days after the normal harvest. They therefore have a must weight that is higher than kabinett wines, resulting in fruitier (and sweeter) wine.


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