Fledermaus Weiss 2017

Fledermaus Weiss 2017

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Tropical fruits, salty and yeasty. This has become 2Naturkinders’ flagship wine.

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Cuvée: Fledermaus Weiss

Vintage: 2017

Producer: 2Naturkinder

Winemakers: Melanie & Michael Voelker

Region: Germany, Franconia, Kitzingen

Style + Colour: Still, white

Grapes/Blend: 70% Müller-Thurgau, 30% Silvaner

ABV: 11.5%

“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 third generation of the white “Fledermaus” has been harvested in September 2017 and bottled in March 2018. The whole Müller-Thurgau clusters were pressed in a pneumatic press (no skin contact!), the juice sedimented, racked and aged on the full lees in stainless steel. The Silvaner grapes were destemmed, sitting on the skins for a night, pressed and fermented in big oak barrels (one old one new). Malolactic fermentation and aging on the lees in steel (Müller-Thurgau) and big oak (Silvaner).