Mandatory sensory and analytical test For quality wines or. Pädikatsweine in Austria (for the two quality levels Wine and country wine this is not necessary). As proof of the passed examination, the state test number will be awarded on the label must be mentioned. The procedure was uncovered in 1987 as one of the measures on the 1985 wine scandal introduced. The state test number must be on the label be cited. From this test site, manufacturer and year can be clearly and unequivocally traced. The wine may not be changed from the beginning of the application until the end of the procedure and from the date of issue. In particular, a subsequent one is prohibited blend. deacidification. beautiful and sugaring, Only care measures such as sulphurize, Addition of ascorbic acid and metatartaric, Changes in carbon dioxide content as well filtration,
The "Federal Office of Viticulture in Eisenstadt" (Burgenland) is authorized to give the test number for all Austrian quality and predicate wines by decision, as well as to carry out all procedures for granting. Applications must be submitted to this office in Eisenstadt or to the field offices, or at the higher federal institute for viticulture and orchards in Klosterneuburg (Niederöstereich) are introduced by means of a form. On request indicate wine storage location, type of wine (color, blend. vintage, Quantity, local ancestry. Quality wine-grape variety, Quality level, Mostgewicht and possibly done enrich ), as well as details of the intended wine description, storage and, for predicate wines, the must-batch numbers and subsets. The application must be accompanied by wine tasting in the form of bottles. The wines submitted are analytically tested according to the wine law and sensory by experienced tasters.
The analytical test by means of standardized methods comprises alcohol content (available, total), sugar-free extract (see total extract ) reducing sugar (Residual sugar), titratable acid (Total acid), free sulphurous acid, total sulphurous acid (free and bonded) and relativ density, such as carbon dioxide pressure at sparkling wine and Perlwein, For the sensory examination, the official taster will be provided with the data necessary for the assessment. These are origin, type of wine, vintage, grape variety and cellaring measures. Variety bouquet, appearance (color, clarity), smell and taste are evaluated. For the result of the sensory examination, the tasters have to answer the question "Is the product marketable under this name?" With a yes or no answer. The state test number is issued when a minimum number of tasters answered yes. These are z. B. at least four YES with six tasters.
On the long-term average, about 85% of the submitted wines receive the state test number. Main reasons are clear wine faults and / or insufficient typicality, Either they are outclassed as a simple wine or have to be withdrawn from the market at all. Most rejections are up sensory Defects due. The most common defects or mistakes are sulfurous off. oxidized tones and moldy tones, The pure analytical Refusals only account for 2%. Most frequently, such contested wines are due to exceeding the Gesamtalkohol- or Residual sugar content, as well as exceeding the limits regarding sulphurous acid objected. Every year 4,000 to 5,000 samples are rejected.
The year of submission does not have to be the same as the year of submission. When applying, therefore, the wine does not yet have to be bottled. If the vintage and the year of the submission are identical, then it is an early bottling still in the harvest year. If the year of submission is higher than the year, then this indicates longer development (several months to years). Test sites are Eisenstadt, as well as the field offices to bathe. Krems. Poysdorf. Retz and Silberberg, The national test number can also be applied for via the Internet (network). A fictitious example with the state test number LE 1234/09:
In Germany becomes with a very similar procedure the Official test number forgive. Complete listings of the numerous vinification measures and cellar techniques, as well as the various wine-regulated wine, sparkling wine and distillate types are under the keyword winemaking contain. Comprehensive information on wine law is available under the keyword wine law,