2016 Fledermaus White

How we made it

The second generation of the white “Fledermaus” has been harvested in September (Müller-Thurgau) and October (Silvaner) 2016 and bottled in February 2017. It consists of about 75% Müller-Thurgau and 25% Silvaner. The whole Müller-Thurgau clusters were pressed, the juice sedimented, racked and aged on the full lees. Until some point in winter when one of the tanks became oily. We decided to filter the tank and re-vitalize it by stirring in the lees from a different Müller-Thurgau tank. It worked really well. Phew.
The Silvaner batch is the pre-harvest from two skin-fermented batches. Those Silvaner vineyards had sunburn so in a first round of picking grapes all the ones with sunburn were put in extra boxes, fermented with a short maceration time and fermented in the tank.

The story

In 2014 we took over a Müller-Thurgau-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: Müller-Thurgau (75%), Silvaner (25%)
Soil: Shell limestone

Harvest: September / October 2016
Crushed and pressed in a pneumatic press
Malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees in steel
Bottled: February 2017
Bottles produced: 9,900

Alcohol: 11.5%
Acid: 4.8 g/l
Total SO2 (nothing added): 4 mg/l
Residual sugar: 0 g/l
Bottle size: 0.75 l