2020 Kracher Trockenbeerenauslese No. 4 Grande Cuvée Nouvelle Vague
Kracher is the reference when it comes to superlative dessert wines from Austria. Kracher makes a very wide range of dessert wines in Burgenland, including at the Neusiedlersee where spectacular botrytis wines can be made. For three generations, the Kracher family has been producing unique wines, recognized by the greatest international critics. The British magazine "Wine" has chosen Kracher as "Sweet Winemaker of the Year" nine times and the German magazine Feinschmecker also chose him as "Winemaker" in 2017. of the year". Kracher is the first Austrian wine on the "Place de Bordeaux" and immediately with one of the best sweet wines in the world: Kracher TBA "Grande Cuvée" 2020. This wine is the flagship of the estate and is a blend of Welschriesling (60 %) and Chardonnay (40%). Trockenbeerenauslese, abbreviated TBA, is a quality predicate (quality class) for wine. In Germany it is called Qualitätswein mit Prädikat. This wine is made from grapes affected by the gray mold Botrytis cinerea. The fungus, often mistaken for rot by laymen, is also called noble rot. In German speaking areas this is called Edelfäule. In France this rot is known as pourriture noble.
The Wine Advocate gave 98/100: "The 2020 Trockenbeerenauslese No. 4 Grande Cuvée Nouvelle Vague is based on 70% Welschriesling (vinified in large oak casks) and 30% Chardonnay (aged in barriques) and opens with an intense and concentrated bouquet with spicy quince aromas, lemon chutney, candied lemons, ripe and lush apricots and pineapples, hints of nougat, caramel and salt. It is very deep and complex but also refined, fresh and very elegant! Round, intense and highly refined on the palate, this is a saline and elegant, apparently weightless Grande Cuvée that develops a spectacularly long and intense finish with salts and concentrated fruits such as melons, apricots, lemons, quinces and grapefruit. The aftertaste is intense and very long but of great finesse and elegance. This is a gorgeous wine, indeed, that is stunning a day after the opening and will need about a decade or more to gain even more complexity..."
James Suckling gave 97/100: “What a complex nose of candied ginger, apricot preserve, dried mango, quince and vanilla. It's balanced and complete, with very well integrated lemony acidity, spice and sweet, dried fruit. There's a lot of structure behind the richness that gives it fantastic aging potential. A cuvee of chardonnay and welschriesling fermented and matured in new oak casks, the chardonnay in barriques and the welschriesling in Slavonian barrels. Drink or hold."
Kracher is the reference when it comes to superlative dessert wines from Austria. Kracher makes a very wide range of dessert wines in Burgenland, including at the Neusiedlersee where spectacular botrytis wines can be made. For three generations, the Kracher family has been producing unique wines, recognized by the greatest international critics.
The British magazine "Wine" has voted Kracher "Sweet Winemaker of the Year" nine times and the German magazine Feinschmecker has also voted him "Winemaker of the Year" in 2017. Kracher is the first Austrian wine on the "Place de Bordeaux"
In Illmitz, in eastern Austria, Kracher enjoys the special microclimate of Lake Neusiedl, which almost every year provides ideal conditions for the creation of noble rot. The Krachers know how to do magic with this like no other: their wines have a fantastic balance between sweet and sour, making them incredibly concentrated as well as beautifully light-footed and sparkling. Kracher wants to make drinkable wines that can be used gastronomically. Gerhard succeeds well in this, just as he succeeds every year - despite the high degree of noble rot - in allowing the character of the grape variety to still shine through beautifully recognizable in his wines. Kracher makes two varieties of wine at Trockenbeerenauslese. The noble sweet wines with the designation 'Zwischen den Seeen' are fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks or large casks. The wines with the addition of 'Nouvelle Vague' mature exclusively in new barriques. The Weinlaubenhof Kracher is world famous and their top examples can compete with the most beautiful sweet wines from all over the world, such as those from Chateau d'Yquem, wine estate Robert Weil and Egon Müller Scharzhofberg. Kracher has won countless prizes and medals with their wines and has been named 'Late Harvest winemaker of the Year' many times by authoritative magazines and institutions.
|Type of Wine
|Icon Germany, Austria & Switzerland
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|James Suckling rating
|Aromatic, Complex, Fruity, Aged on wood, Powerful, Rich, Round, Steenfruit, Tropical fruit, Full, Sweet
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard