Kracher’s 2017 Cuvée Beerenauslese is absolutely gorgeous....This is such a beautiful wine, and also a gateway to the more important bottlings. I loved it.
About This Wine
The vines for this wine grow in an immense plain, with countless shallow lakes of various sizes scattered throughout it. this character combined with the continental climate create the extremes for a unique climate for viticulture.
During cool autumn evenings, evaporation from the numerous lakes creates heavy fog, covering the area until midday when the still strong sunlight burns through. This helps to create the necessary conditions for the formation of the noble rot, that is the key to producing these sweet wines.
This Beerenauslese is the result of those conditions; Intense honey, aromas of ripe stone fruit, delicate herbal spices, with mineral nuances. It’s juicy with lively acidity, yet still elegant and balanced, with so much ageing potential.
About Weinlaubenhof Kracher
The Kracher name is synonymous with sweet wines. Founder Alois established the family estate in the Seewinkel corner of Burgenland Austria in the 1950’s, with a visionary's eye on the potential of the region.
It was his son Alois Jr (Luis) who then set the world ablaze with his cutting edge styles of sweet wines, truly establishing their name on a global scale.
His untimely passing in 2007 saw the baton passed to his son Gerhard, who like his father has also been recognised as the top sweet winemaker in the world.
Each year the recipe remains the same. In the vineyard yields are kept incredibly low with each vine limited to just 3 bunches of grapes. In the cellar, each individual parcel is vinified separately, often in lots as small of a hundred litres or so. Malolactic fermentation is avoided to retain the grapes’ high natural acidity, and sulphur use is kept to a minimum.