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spatlese

German for “late gathered” or “late harvest”. The second category in the Qualitätswein mit Pr&aum;dikat (QmP) scale. Generally sweeter than kabinett designated wines, this designation is given to wines having superior quality. The grapes used to make spätlese wines are harvested no less than 7 days following the normal harvest. Spätlese wines tend to be more concentrated and intense in flavor.

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