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Beernausleses are rare in the LCBO so I snagged this $22 1/2 bottle. I was surprised to see it is from Austria, not Germany. The grapes are not listed. Upon pouring, aromas of peach, apricot, and honey lept from the glass, along with fragrances of white flowers. The taste and mouth feel are reminiscent of vidal late harvest and I would be surprised if anyone tasting this blind would suggest other than vidal. Crystals of tartaric acid had precipitated out, perhaps edging the wine to cloyingly sweet but hey, it is a dessert wine. It will keep and I'm going to buy more for the winter(s) ahead
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I’m sure that in Germany that’s a no-brainer to pronounce! However, we’ll just focus on what’s in the bottle and not on the label. Beerenauslese aka. BA is the product of a vigorous selection process: When conditions are just right, the berries used to make BA are affected by a mould that causes them to shrivel. Known as Botrytis Cinerea or Noble Rot, this mould produces a highly concentrated nectar which when fermented creates one of the most sought after dessert wines. The price-point on this example is an unheard of bargain. Within a bottle of BA is a considerable amount of residual sugar which acts as a preservative allowing you to cellar this one for many years. It's aggressively sweet right now and needs a few years to find itself. Can I suggest that you try one now and put the rest away.
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