Definition - What does Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) mean?
Trockenbeerenauslese is a German classification for a specific style of dessert wines.
Trockenbeerenauslese, refers to wines that have specific characteristics having been made from shriveled grapes. The shriveled grapes with a higher hang time, have a reduced water content, concentrated flavors and a high sugar content that make very sweet dessert wines.
WineFrog explains Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA)
The German classification of Trockenbeerenauslese is based on the ripeness and sugar level of the grapes used to make the wine at harvest. Trockenbeerenauslese translates from german to mean "dry berry selection", which refers specifically to the noble rot infected, dried and shriveled grapes used to make the wine. Noble rot is a mold, caused by Botrytis Cinera, and it causes the grapes to dehydrate, concentrating the flavors and sugars. Wines made with noble rot grapes have complex and pronounced flavors of honey and caramel and are high in residual sugar.