Rich, ripe and with a noble and delicious sweetness, balanced by an elegant acidity, this wine has a nose of yellow fruits such as banana, peach and passion fruit.
The grapes were grown on the volcanic soil at the highest part of Ihringer Winklerberg vineyard and fermented and stored in small wooden barrels. The Pagode site takes its name from the vineyard’s stylish, Pagoda-like building.
Beerenauslese literally means ‘selected harvest of berries’ – or late harvest wine. The grapes are affected by ‘noble rot’ (Botrytis cinerea, or ‘Edelfaule’ in German) – not rotten, but ‘botrytised’ with concentrated juice – with individual grapes picked by hand and carefully sorted before vinification.
These wines are produced in very small quantities when the weather is suitable for the noble rot to form, and only in vineyards with appropriate conditions, so they are highly prized, something that’s reflected in the price – but a ‘priceless’ treat!