Young, good-looking, talented, and destined for greatness; don’t you just hate Tim Fröhlich? We love him anyway, mostly for his incredible Spätlesen and top of the line grosses gewächs wines, which we beg to get a few cases of each year. Although the wines have been very fine since the ‘90s when Tim took over his parents’ estate, we feel that 2006 was the breakthrough year when he achieved a level of breathtaking elegance and poise in his wines that only a few estates ever reach. The 2007s and 2008s were even greater collections; the wines are absolutely electrifying. Low yields, great sites, painstaking vineyard management, perfectionism in the cave, and a veritable lust for minerality are the hallmarks of the style here. As for the most recent vintages from 2009 onward…. dare we say it? Schäfer- Fröhlich is making Rieslings as great—and in some instances better than—any producers in the Nahe. They are some of the most impressive and exciting white wines crafted anywhere.
“Five estates dominate quality [in the Nahe], with Tim Fröhlich and Werner Schönleber leading the pack, followed by Helmut Dönnhoff, Armin Diel and Dr. Peter Crusius. “
2010 Gault Millau Winemaker of the Year
2010 Falstaff Winery of the Year
Weathered volcanic soils, dominated by porphyry. Often, volcanic Rieslings are more heavy-handed than the ones from slate vineyards, but in long, good growing seasons like 2007, 2009 and 2011, they are just as elegant and mineral as the slate sites. Lots of florals here usually. Tim makes a great GoldKap Spatlese and noble sweets from here in addition to the dry wines.