Perplexing. At harvest, Eiswein is usually about the same must weight as a BA (starting about 110-128 degrees Oeschle, rather than the 150-154 required for a TBA). And Eiswein is pressed from frozen berries, unlike BA or TBA.

Did Dr. Hofer's TBA berries freeze? Did some wayward urchin mix the two barrels of wine? Did the label printer go haywire? Hmm... These are questions for the winery, which unfortunately does not seem to have a web presence. Not to be deterred, I've e-mailed the German Wine Institute. I'll post their reply as soon as I receive one.

Questions for you, vinosnob: Did you drink the wine? (If so, how was it?) Did you ask the wine merchant from whom you purchased the wine about the double terms?

Your diligent Schoolmarm,
Gloria
Have not drank it yet, but looking forward to it. It was a long night of tasting...actually drinking and purchasing wine, I was really excited about the wine and didn't even think about it till I came home and thought" that's odd". Thank you for your assistance! Cheers!! Mike
We've got an answer back from Ulrike at the German Wine Institute in Mainz:

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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."
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Cool. Danke schon to Ulrike.

Hope that answers your question, vinosnob. Next, we're all looking for your tasting report.

Cheers!
Gloria
Thank you sooooo much!
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Originally posted by The Schoolmarm:
We've got an answer back from Ulrike at the German Wine Institute in Mainz:

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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.

Cheers!
Gloria

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