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A term commonly used in Switzerland for a naturally sweet wine with more than 13% alcohol by volume. It corresponds to a Spätlese; see there.

In Germany and Austria, but also in other Central European countries, the term used in the national language for a special Prädikat wine (for exact definitions, see under the countries). Some legends about the "invention" of the Spätlese are described under Spätlesereiter and Trockenbeerenauslese. Today, such wines are less associated with the fact of a late harvest (which would also be relatively difficult to control), but the only legal wine criterion is a minimum must weight (sugar level in Oechsle or...

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