A German term, which means “late harvest.” Spätlese is a level of ripeness within the traditional German system and indicates that the wine was just ripe. A wine that is less ripe than a Spätlese is a Kabinett; a wine that is riper is an Auslese. Spätlesen (plural) can be dry, half dry, or semi-sweet.

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