How we made it
After the 2020 frost vintage 2021 was another difficult year with plenty of rain and powdery mildew as a constant threat causing severe damage all over the place. Nonetheless we were able to pick enough grapes to continue this blend the way we envisioned it: a major batch of Müller-Thurgau for the fruit, a slightly smaller batch of Silvaner for more structure and acid and finally a spritz of Riesling for and extra aromatic sparkle. All pressed straight away and mostly aged in big old barrels until racked and blended before bottling.
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.
Varieties: Müller-Thurgau (54%), Silvaner (33%), Riesling (13%)
Location: Theilheim, Repperndorf
Soil: Shell limestone
Harvest: September 2021
Everything crushed and pressed, fermented and aged in big oak barrels
Bottled: August 2022
Acid: 5.6 g/l
Total SO2 (nothing added): 6 mg/l
Residual sugar: 0.6 g/l
Bottle size: 0.75 l
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