2016 Fledermaus Rot

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2016 Fledermaus Rot

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A rare chance to see this varietal as a single-varietal still wine, seven days' semi-carbonic, less wild than the 2016 vintage.

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Cuvée: Fledermaus Rot

Style: Still

Colour: Red

Grape Varieties: Pinot Meunier

ABV: 11.5%

Vintage: 2016

In 2014, Michael and Melanie took over a Müller-Thurgau-vineyard from a colleague; the vineyard has a hut in the middle of it which they and local conservationist, Christian Söder, thought looked like a perfect home for bats. Several bat-boxes were installed, the guano is sold as fertiliser, and a share of the revenue goes back to protection of bat habitats. The label shows the rare grey long-eared bat.

These grapes were harvested in September 2016 and bottled in February 2017.  The grapes were picked on one of the first harvest days as Pinot Meunier benefits from a solid acid-backbone.  Semi-carbonic maceration for 7 days, gently pressed in a pneumatic press, malolactic fermentation and aged on lees in steel. 

Acid: 4.7 g/l Residual sugar: 1.2 g/l

Sulphur: None added: 11 mg/l

Soil: Shell limestone

Yield: 40hl/ha