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late harvest, noun phrase

Origin:
See Platter quotation at sense 1.
1. Any of several full-bodied sweet and semi-sweet white wines, made from late-harvested grapes; see quotation 1988. Also attributive.
Note:
This designation is officially regulated, the requisite residual sugar content being stipulated by legislation.
1966 H. Beck Meet Cape Wines (2nd ed.) 46Even among the semi-sweet wines there are grades of sweetness ranging up to what the Germans know as spätlese, which has been appropriately named late harvest by the Germans who first produced this type at the Cape.
1988 D. Hughes et al. Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine 328‘Late Harvest’ is a specifically South African usage and refers to a sweetish, medium-to full-bodied white wine with sugar levels of more than 20 but less than 30 grams per litre.
2. With defining word:
noble late harvest, see quotation 1982;
special late harvest, see quotation 1982.
1981 Oude Libertas (Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery) Vol.9 No.4, 12The requirements for producing a noble late harvest wine state that the residual sugar content has to be derived solely from the grapes from which the wine was produced.
1988 D. Hughes et al. Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine 331Special Late Harvest, Residual sugar more than 20 but less than 50 grams per litre.
Any of several full-bodied sweet and semi-sweet white wines, made from late-harvested grapes; see quotation 1988. Also attributive.

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