2019 Fledermaus Red

How we made it

The 2019 harvest of the red “Fledermaus” (German for “bat”) was small but wonderful. Healthy bunches. The red Fledermaus is made of Schwarzriesling (a German name for Pinot Meunier) growing on shell limestone.

All bunches were destemmed by hand. The berries then stayed in boxes for about a week for a round of carbonic maceration before being pressed. The wine finished fermentation in a stainless steel tank and rested on the full lees until it was racked and bottled in July 2020.

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: 11.09.2019
Carbonic maceration for 7 days
Malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees in steel
Bottled: July 2020

Alcohol: 11.5 %
Acid: 5.5 g/l
Total SO2 (nothing added): 5 mg/l
Residual sugar: 0 g/l
Bottle size: 0.75 l