How we made it
With the 18 vintage we’ve moved the Fledermaus to a new level and 2019 is a more than worthy successor. The big barrel of our loveliest Müller-Thurgau met a tank of Silvaner and a splash of Riesling. All direct press, no skin contact.
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.
The blend grew out of this vineyard though and contains our best direct press Müller-Thurgau and Silvaner with a splash of Riesling.
Variety: Müller-Thurgau (60%), Silvaner (28%), Riesling (12%)
Soil: Shell limestone
Harvest: September 2019
All direct press
Malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees in steel (Silvaner, Riesling) and big oak (Müller-Thurgau)
Bottled: July 2020
Acid: 5.7 g/l
Total SO2 (nothing added): 6 mg/l
Residual sugar: 0 g/l
Bottle size: 0.75 l