Thank you sooooo much!
Originally posted by The Schoolmarm:
We've got an answer back from Ulrike at the German Wine Institute in Mainz:
Only with the new version of the wine law on the 01.09.1982 did Eiswein become a Prädikat on it's own.
So for the bottle in question, this means "Trockenbeerenauslese Eiswein" is the Prädikat.
The first part of the Prädikat -Trockenbeerenauslese- describes the condition of the grapes during the harvest: shriveled botrytis infected grapes or at least shriveled overripen grapes with a mustweight of at least 150° Qechsle.
The second part of the Prädikat -Eiswein- describes the method of the harvest: handpicked grapes that are harvested and pressed while frozen.
Till the 01.09.1982 it was possible to produce different Eisweins, starting from "Kabinett Eiswein" up to "Trockenbeerenauslese Eiswein."
Cool. Danke schon to Ulrike.
Hope that answers your question, vinosnob. Next, we're all looking for your tasting report.