2002 Alois Kracher Scheurebe No. 5 Trockenbeerenauslese Zwischen den Seen (375ml)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
#5 Scheurebe Trockenbeerenauslese Zwischen den Seen displays vividly Scheurebe-typical aromas of sage, peppermint, grapefruit and honey. Startlingly bright and juicy on entry, this builds strength and powers to intense, scintillating flavors of grapefruit, candied citrus rinds, honey and high-toned sweet herbal distillates joined less by the typical cassis than by a lovely note of Maine blueberries. The feel is creamy yet at the same time the wine remains invigoratingly sharp. The endlessly reverberating finish pulls out all the stops from a rich, nut oil-flavored, malty low register through the range of vivid citrus and blue fruit to high-toned distilled berry and herb notes. #5, Kracher explains, was racked early and then rushed, reductively, into bottle. You might say it’s Scheurebe with a look over his shoulder at (long-time Muller-Catoir winemaker) Hans-Gunter Schwarz. (DS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(for 375 ml.; 10.1% alcohol, 215 g/l residual sugar, 8.5 g/l acidity) Medium yellow-gold. Expressive aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, mandarin orange and flint. Quite silky on the palate, with sweetness wonderfully countered by soft vegetal spiciness and a lemony underpinning. This uncomplicated, very approachable, precise sweet wine will gain complexity with extended bottle aging. (PM)
From Wine Spectator: "Austria's Alois Kracher is one of the world's great makers of sweet wine. Based in the Burgenland district, south of Vienna, near the large, shallow lake called Neusiedler See, Kracher utilizes a variety of grapes for his sweeties, though the best are made from Welschriesling (a white grape not related to Riesling), Chardonnay and Scheurebe (a cross between Riesling and Sylvaner)."