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Eiswein (Ger.)

Ice wine.

Sweet wine style made in Germany and Austria (and Canada). Grapes are left on

the vine until much later than usual (sometimes after Christmas in the Northern

Hemisphere) in the hope that icy conditions will prevail. The water content in

the grapes then freezes and they are quickly picked and pressed to yield a juice

rich in sugar. The resulting wines are rich and luscious, though without the

botrytis flavour of other sweet wines.

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