2020 Black Betty

Some background

The wine is named after the first lamb that was born in our former Domina vineyard: Betty. Who was – as most of the Ouessant sheep – black. Logical, isn’t it?

How we made it

2020 was the terrible year of frost with just some of the Domina surviving the devastating night in May. As a result we had to do a couple of things differently. The remaining grapes were stomped and pressed after an hour to ferment and age in old oak. Then we have Regent. Which was completely destroyed. But: there was a second generation. Not much but some. As it didn’t make much sense to make three wines out of that we decided to make a directly pressed version of the Regent, age it in stainless steel and blend it with the Domina. Also we supplemented both batches with biodynamically farmed grapes from our friend Christian Deppisch in Theilheim who helped us a lot that year.
The Regent of course changes the character of Black Betty. The blend is more fruity and punchy than the predecessors and dangerously drinkable.

Fact sheet

Varieties: 57% Domina, 42% Regent, 1% Pinot Meunier
Location: Kitzingen, Theilheim
Soil: Shell limestone

Harvest: September / October 2020
Foot-crushed Domina grapes, skin-contact for 1h, fermentation and aging in a big old oak barrel blended with directly pressed Regent fermented and aged in stainless steel
Bottled: August 2021

Alcohol: 11 %
Acid:  6.4 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.2 g/l
Total SO2: 10 mg/l
Bottle size: 0.75 l