2015 Fledermaus Red

2015 Fledermaus Red

How we made itIn 2014 we took over a vineyard situated in the town of Kitzingen where our winery is situated too. It used to be outside of town but over time houses and gardens grew around it, it’s a very unusual and unlikely place. Shortly after posting the first pictures of the vineyard we met a guy who dedicates a good part of his life to the bats of our area. 

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 return we give a share of the revenue back to the bats via the Landesbund für Vogelschutz. And we put a bunch of bat boxes in the vineyard to offer opportunities for those lovely animals to hang out as they hunt at night – about 15 different species as Christian found out! 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