Halbtrocken

“Halbtrocken” (/hallp-trō-ken/) literally means “half-dry” in English. As you would expect, halbtrocken wine is slightly sweeter than trocken (“dry” /trō-ken/) wine. A halbtrocken wine cannot have more than 18 g/L of residual sugar and can only exceed 12 g/L of residual sugar so long as the wine has acid within 10 g/L of the residual sugar. If the wine has more residual sugar, the wine is süss (/zūs/). About 23% of all German wine made in 2011 was halbtrocken.