2015 Fledermaus Red

2015 Fledermaus Red

How we made it

The first vintage of our “Fledermaus” has been harvested in September 2015 and bottled in February 2016. It’s made of Schwarzriesling / Pinot Meunier growing on shell limestone. The vineyard is pretty much in the middle of our town. We started farming it organically in 2014. And as the vineyard had been treated well before we took over the plants didn’t suffer from that switch – at the cost of a reduced yield. 2015 was a low-acid year so we picked the grapes relatively early. For a duration of seven days we mixed 50% destemmed and mashed berries with 50% whole bunches to get a semi-carbonic effect. After pressing the wine finished fermentation in a stell tank and rested on the full lees until it was bottled in February 2016.

The story

In 2014 we took over this vineyard from a colleague. There is a neat cottage in the middle of it which just looked like a perfect home for bats. Together with local bat hero Christian Söder we developed the idea of a cycle: we get guano from local bat colonies – a wonderful fertilizer. In the vineyard we have several bat boxes installed to offer opportunities for those lovely animals to hang out. In return we give a share of the revenue back to the bats via the Landesbund für Vogelschutz. The bat on the label is the grey long-eared bat which has become very rare in our area. It’s also incredibly cute and we want to help it stay around.

Fact sheet

Variety: Schwarzriesling / Pinot Meunier
Location: Kitzinger Eselsberg
Soil: shell limestone

Harvest: 16.09.2015, all handwork
Yield:  40 hl/ha
Semi-carbonic maceration for 7 days
Gently pressed in a pneumatic press
Malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees in steel
Bottled: February 2016
Bottles produced: 2,200
Magnums: 100

Alcohol: 11.5%
Acid: 4.7 g/l
Total SO2 (nothing added): 11 mg/l
Residual sugar: 1.2 g/l
Bottle size: 0.75 l / 1.5 l