2018 Weinschwärmer

The story

On our beloved Eselsberg, the hill where the Heimat Silvaner and the Fledermaus grow on, there is a big plot (almost one hectare) with two thirds Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and one third Riesling growing on it. We experimented several years to find the right interpretation of the grapes and with the 2018 vintage we finally got it. The blend is dedicated to the “Weinschwärmer” (Deilephila porcellus), a beautifully coloured moth who lives in our area. Not only does that moth carry the word “wine” in its name but it’s also a delicacy for our local bats.

How we made it

The grapes from the younger Riesling section of the vineyard got pressed directly to maintain a razor-sharp acidity while the Grauburgunder grapes were destemmed and fermented on the skins for about a week. The two batches were blended in April 2019 into two barrels and were bottled in March 2020.

Fact sheet

Varieties: 7 5% Grauburgunder, 25% Riesling
Location: Kitzingen
Soil: Shell limestone

Harvest: 30.08.2018 (Grauburgunder) / 12.9.2018 (Riesling)
Grauburgunder grapes destemmed & fermented on the skins for five days, Riesling directly pressed; Aged in oak
Bottled: March 2020

Alcohol: 11.5 %
Acid:  5.9 g/l
Residual sugar: 0 g/l
Total SO2 (nothing added): 6 mg/l
Bottle size: 0.75 l