Appellation: Deutscher Perlwein
Cuvée: Party Panda Pet Nat
Colour: White
Grapes: Riesling & Bacchus 50 / 50 normally – but see Vintage Notes
About: Perlwein signifies lower bar pressure under 2.5 (which also attracts less tax). This is from part purchased fruit and wine in the “Pandamonium” range so the name is a play on that.

Vines

Location, parcels: around Mosel from a cousin few km from Kröv, in TT
Size ha: less than 1.
Age: planted in 1980s
Soils: grey slate.
Exposition: south in Kröv and west in Wolf.
Altitude m: 200.
Training: on wire.
Farming and philosophy: certified and uncertified Organic
Average yield hl/ha:
Climate: cool

Winemaking

Hand pricked. De-stemmed fruit, crushed in press, fermented in stainless steel tank after 24 hour cool maceration on skins, bottled by hand with 15g residual sugar, then given 6 months in bottle on full lees to finish fermentation, then disgorged.

Vintage Notes 2020
The weather: dry and hot season until mid September, then cold and a bit rainy mid to end of September giving some juice to the grapes.
Yield hl/ha: 70
Harvested: early October
Bottles produced: 3000
Date bottled: 2021-04, was still fermenting 6 months after harvest
Alcohol %: 11.5
SO2 Total: 0 added.
Bright vibrant apple and lemon and pear fruit, with crunchy full fizz, biting acidity, great fun

Vintage Notes 2021
Bacchus 25% and Riesling 60% bought fruit from PIRI in the Nahe; Muller 25% from a neighbour in Kröv
The weather: cool and rainy season, lots of problems with downy mildew and black rot, Jan had to buy quite a lot of fruit from other organic producers that were less affected.
Harvested: mid to late September
Bottles produced: 3500
Date bottled: 17th November 2021
Alcohol %: 10
SO2 Total: 0 added
Tasting: a baker’s shop on the nose, dough, tarte tatin, baked apple, lemon honey cake, on the palate, bright and zesty and fine fizz with plenty to chew on, simple, clean, very fresh, lovely quince, lemon, apple fruit, great fun. Not disgorged so there’s a finer fizz and baker’s yeast character and it’s generally more interesting; Jan checks that it’s fit for shipping un-disgorged.

Vintage Notes 2022
Hot and dry year, with quite a bit of rain in September and October cutting into the harvest and giving much needed juice to the grapes. Riesling from Jan, some Bacchus and Kerner from Piri.
Harvested: early September
Bottles produced: 3000
Date bottled: early November
Alcohol %: 11
SO2 Total: 0 added
Tasting: 2022-12-12 lemon and lime, orange, nutty like pistachio, vegetal, brilliant palate, complex, nutty, vegetal, citrus fruit. Brilliant, bodes well.