Kracher, Neusiedlersee


Gerhard Kracher

Synonym for Noble Sweet Wine in Perfection

In the late 1980s and up to his early death in 2007, Alois Kracher handcrafted some of the greatest noble sweet wines of the world. His annual collections of numbered TBAs (Trockenbeerenauslesen), produced in Illmitz at the lake Neusiedl, became legends and were often presented along with the finest sweet wines from Sauternes (namely Château d'Yquem), Tokaji (Szepsi) and Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Egon Müller, Joh. Jos. Prüm). Alois's son Gerhard Kracher managed to maintain the extremely high level of quality.

Aromatic varieties, such as Welschriesling and Scheurebe, are fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks and respectively large traditional oak casks (style Zwischen den Seen); red varieties like Zweigelt, or Chardonnay or Traminer, are fermented and aged in mostly new barriques (style: Nouvelle Vague). Kracher's noble sweet wines are rich, sweet, aromatic and highly elegant, and their immense concentration and sweetness is either balanced by a piquant acidity (Zwischen den Seen) or beautifully fine tannin structure (Nouvelle Vague).

In addition to the world's best sweet wines, Gerhard Kracher is also capable to produce astonishing red wine cuvée and vibrant, dry white wine. Both came from the same vineyards in Burgenland and his fabulous dry white is produced from Pinot Gris from the vineyard’s name: Seewinkel that lies between the shore of the Neusiedlersee and Illmitz in Burgenland.

Vines are planted densely in the vineyard to stress the battle among the vines leading to lower yields but a deeper root and more concentrated fruits. His Pinot Gris is later aged 7 months in stainless steel tanks producing wines that are very fresh, aromatic, flavorful and vibrant. It is very complex yet unpretentious with its grapefruit, apple, herbal tea, meringue and jasmine flavors. With touch of spicy clove and lifted berry aromas and cherry. His wonderful red wine cuvée Blend II is made from a blend of Zweigelt, Merlot, and Caberne Sauvignon. It has soft and ripe texture in the mouth, with bright cherry flavors and a soft lingering finish. Kracher’s wines are uniquely delicious, even their most simple wines are very fabulous!

We have been immensely cheered to see what a worthy successor Alois's son Gerhard has proved to be. He has carried the standard as Austria's leading producer of botrytised wine – indeed one of the world's leading producers of botrytised wines – superbly but has also gone further.” – Jancis Robinson