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 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.
Variety: Müller-Thurgau (60%), Silvaner (28%), Riesling (12%)
Soil: Shell limestone
Harvest: September 2019
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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