Trockenbeerenauslese is a German-language wine term for a medium to full body dessert wine. Often called “TBA”, these wines are rare and expensive due to the labour-intensive method of production. Individually selected grapes affected by noble rot (botrytized) are handpicked and are shrivelled to the point of appearing like a raisin. They are therefore very sweet and have an intensely rich flavour, golden to deep golden in colour. The body is viscous, very thick and concentrated, and arguably can be aged almost indefinitely due to the preservative powers of its high sugar content. A noble wine for big occasions, a wine that is sipped rather than drunk, a classic.
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