Frohlich Trocken 2018 Weingut Schafer-Frohlich

Frohlich Trocken 2018 Weingut Schafer-Frohlich image

It is rare to find such a good wine from low yielding Muller Thurgau vines.  This prolific grape was once more widely planted than Riesling in Germany.  This superb example is made from 60 yr old vines grown on porphyry/volcanic soils on very steep slopes cropped to very low yields.

Talented winemaker Tim Frohlich (the youngest ever Gault Millau German winemaker of the year in 2010) always uses 100% wild yeast, as he loves spontaneous fermentation and has an 'obsession for minerality'.

The Stromberg vineard near Bockenau village in Nahe region is a monopole site, completely owned by the Schafer-Frohlichs who have been growers in Nahe since 1800, making wine since 1972.  Tim (7th generation) began in 1995.  He is a real visionary, he immediately swopped his flat land for very steep slopes (at a time when it was possible to do so) expanding to 25 hectares.

Frohlich likes late harvests with grapes picked in the cool of the night to retain freshness.  His wines are very pure, but not for the faint-hearted - often improved with a year+ in bottle.  This is his entry level wine with snappy acidity, freshness and slightly spritzy palate - ideal for serving with Asian dishes or seafood.

 

Frohlich Trocken 2018 

Grape: Muller Thurgau

Winemaker: Tim Frohlich

Region: Nahe, Germany

Price: £14

Stockist: L'Art du Vin www.aduv.co.uk