Refers to wine, usually dessert wine, made from grapes left on the vines until late in the fall or into the winter when the grapes become overripe and their sugars more concentrated. Some such wines are botrytis affected. These wines are typically golden yellow in colour with a rich, honeyed sweetness and high level of acidity. Frequently they are more suitable for ageing than their drier counterparts.
Wines that are Intentionally harvested late to obtain higher levels of sweetness will hold this title. Most frequently practiced in Germany, Austria, Washington State, Oregon State, and Canada.
Wines made from grapes picked later than normal with high sugar levels, usually affected with noble rot or botrytis, thus producing sweet dessert-style wines.