Kabinett (Kah-bee-NET) – Derived from the word “cabinet” which is where winemakers stored their best wines. The grapes are hand-selected during normal harvest, creating a wine that is well balanced in acidity and dry to semi-dry, these are the lightest of the Prädikatsweins.
Spätlese (SHPATE-lay-zuh) – The meaning here is “late harvest” because these grapes are picked a couple of weeks later in the harvest. As a result, they create a wine that has greater body, longer finish and a firmer, fruitier structure.
Auslese (OWS-lay-zeh) – These wines are known as “select” because they are made from very ripe grapes grown in select bunches and harvested by hand. They are sweeter (but never sugary!) in style and more complex in flavor, which tend to unfold slowly.
Outside of the Schmitt Söhne Family Wines brand, there are even more rare (and expensive) Rieslings. You’ll notice a thick German accent to these because, as you may have read elsewhere on this site, the best Rieslings in the world come from Germany.