The sweet wines of the late Alois Kracher are some of the finest going, not just Austria’s best but among the top examples made anywhere. The family continues to work together to produce consistently outstanding wines, making the most of the favourable conditions for botrytis enrichment afforded by Lake Neusiedl and surrounding small lakes (known as Seewinkel). Those labeled Zwischen den Seen (‘between the lakes’) are unoaked examples, usually from naturally spicy, aromatic indigenous varieties, while the Nouvelle Vague wines are oaked. The pick of several very sweet, very intense Trockenbeerenauslese are Grande Cuvée (No.6, usually Chardonnay dominated but with a significant percentage of Welschriesling), Nouvelle Vague Chardonnay (No.7, of sublime sweetness and impeccable balance), and Zwischen den Seen Welschriesling (of varying sweetness depending on the bottling and vintage but always refined). Perfumed, honeyed, grapy Muskat Ottonel is also delicious. A reasonably affordable introduction is the Cuvée Beerenauslese (typically Chardonnay and Welschriesling), a good, rich, not excessively sweet example with concentrated botytrised fruit and the finely balanced acidity so characteristic of these wines. Reds include an attractive supple spicy Zweigelt aged only in used oak and Blend I and Blend II, both made from Zweigelt and Merlot. These are aged in new barriques, the persuasive, elegant medium-bodied Blend I is predominately Zweigelt while Blend II is half and half. Though all sweet wines are numbered they are listed below without any as the numbers sometimes change with a new vintage. Also there can be a second (or even third) version, of greater sweetness, of certain varietals.
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