2017 Bat-Nat

How we made it

The third vintage of our “Bat-Nat” has been harvested in September 2017. It’s made of Schwarzriesling / Pinot Meunier growing on shell limestone. 
The grapes were destemmed, crushed and sitting on the skins over night before being pressed. The juice was sedimented for two days and fermented really slow being bottled in November 2017 with 10g/l of residual sugar. Other than the previous vintages we allowed the 2018 to age for more than a year before being warmly disgorged by hand in January 2019.

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: 15.09.2017
Yield:  30 hl/ha
Skin-contact over night
Bottled after 2 months with 10g residual sugar
Disgorged: January 2019

Alcohol: 11.5%
Acid:  5.4 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.1 g/l
Pressure: 2.5 bar
Total SO2 (nothing added): 4 mg/l
Bottle size: 0.75 l