Appellation: Mosel.
Cuvée: Little Bastard.
Colour: White.
Grapes: 60% Riesling, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Muller Thurgau, 3% skin-fermented Muscat.
About: An alternative vision of Riesling blend from the Mosel, bone dry, slightly cloudy from skin contact and zero clarification, light, savoury, clean and very drinkable with plenty of pleasure from the peach and green apple fruit. As fun as the name suggests.

Vines

Location, parcels: the Riesling from the Kröv Letterlay vineyard, boasting a mix of younger plants as well as 45-yr old vines. This vineyard has very shallow soils of grey slate, and the plants tend to suffer in hot vintages although this stress can produce some of the best grapes in the region when handled as they are with a light touch in the vineyard. The Sauvignon Blanc comes from the nearby Kinheimer Hubertuslay vineyard, also on slate soils.
Size ha: 9 (selected from a total).
Age: 8 and 45 year old.
Soils: grey slate.
Exposition: .
Altitude m: 100-200.
Training: on wire.
Farming and philosophy: certified Organic.
Average yield hl/ha: 65.
Climate: cool.

Winemaking

Varieties fermented separately in stainless steel by natural yeast with a few hours skin contact, the Muscat three days on skins, then racked and blended into 1900L old oak foudres for 3 months during which malo takes place. Touch of CO2 deliberately left in the wine for protection. Bottled by hand right after malo and straight out of the barrel to keep a touch of CO2 and floating fine lees for protection against oxygen. Unfined, unfiltered, zero added sulphur.

Vintage Notes 2018
The weather: .
Yield hl/ha: .
Harvested: .
Bottles produced: 10,000.
Date bottled: 2019-03-29.
Alcohol %: 11.5.
SO2 Total: 0 added.