The German wine term “kabinett” (/cahb-ih-net/) is one of the six subcategories of prädikatswein. It is the category that can be made from grapes with the lowest öchsle measurement of all prädikatswein which makes it a consistent performer for winegrowers. Remember though, that does not indicate that it is inferior than other prädikats as is commonly misunderstood. Like all subcategories of prädikatswein, the term kabinett means simply a style to give you clues about what to expect. Kabinett wine must be made from grapes with at least 67-82 degrees öchsle (QbA is 50-72) and is normally the most common type prädikatswein produced. It comprised about 47% of all prädikatswein in 2011.
Kabinett wine is naturally a very light bodied and refreshing wine. Commonly it has relatively low alcohol levels and is usually dry (“trocken”/trō-ken/) or medium-dry (“halbtrocken”/hallp-trō-ken/). For riesling, kabinett wine frequently exhibits apple, vineyard peach, and pink grapefruit flavors while young and white blossom and pineapple as it ages. Weingut Hans Bausch has two kabinett rieslings from the Rheingau.