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Schafer-Frohlich, Riesling Dry Schiefergestein, 2018

$39.99 $49.99


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For a long time, Tim Fröhlich's name has been synonymous with quality Riesling from the Nahe. These wines are as exceptional as they are exciting. While what's being made is undeniably a most classical expression of what Riesling can and should be, Schäfer-Fröhlich's wines are made naturally from spontaneous fermentation, by people who care about wines that express the mineral character of their terroir, people who care about dry Riesling... all forward-thinking ideas.

Tim Fröhlich's wines are not only special as a result of his winemaking prowess, but also for the terroir he has inherited. The estate's holdings include vineyards of volcanic soil (pretty rare for Germany), as well as the much-prized Blue Devonian slate that characterizes the soil in GG vineyards throughout Germany. Again, the magic of this producer comes from having one foot in tradition while stepping forward with his eye toward what might excite people next.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 92
"Sourced entirely from the Bockenauer Felseneck, this leads with a nose of pit-inflected white peach, lime, strawberry and celery stalk that already had me salivating. The polished midpalate is lusciously fruity while preserving the crunch and salinity that were promised on the nose. A finish electrocharged by citrus and crystalline mineral impingement also conveys deeply savory piquancy and transparency to wet stone, not to mention delivering consummate refreshment. For those of us who cannot afford Fröhlich’s Grosse Gewächse, or can buy it only in minuscule quantities, this wine offers deliciously satisfying compensation." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 93
"The 2018 Bockenauer Riesling trocken Schiefergestein offers a thrilling and utterly pure, fine and mineral as well as floral and transcendent bouquet of crushed slate and even ashes intermixed with highly ripe and concentrated Riesling berry and fresh pineapple aromas that reflect the warm vintage. Filigreed or fine-boned on the palate, this is a fine and crystalline, persistently salty and vivacious dry Riesling with great mineral tension, finesse and elegance. A fabulous wine that is already on the level of a cru, it's one of the most attractive wines in the portfolio of Schäfer-Fröhlich, and it's hard to find a wine of similar complexity at this price point. This 2018 is tight but refined, ripe but pure and fresh and of tantalizing elegance. Enormously salty and mouth-titillating. Order as much as you can get and be prepared to be thrilled." -Robert Parker

Wine Enthusiast

WE 93
" Harvested a week earlier than GG wines and from younger vines on the Felseneck vineyard, the Schiefergestein is a more approachable, fresh-fruited expression of this producer's steely, mineral-focused style. Dry and refreshingly brisk, it offers sunny, pristine grapefruit and honeydew flavors catapulted by racy lime acidity and hints of cut slate." -Anna lee C IIJima


  • Grape Variety


  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Crisp , Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Medium Bodied

German Wines

Is there a better grape than Riesling? Is there a better value? Its fruit purity, its perfume, and its mineral nuance are all unparalleled. And for centuries, the top German Rieslings were priced accordingly: at least as expensive as the top red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. But nowadays you could spend a lifetime exploring Germany’s great Riesling-producing regions while staying well within your budget. You might take an occasional break to try Germany’s other white grapes or perhaps a glass of Spätburgunder (the local name for Pinot Noir). It’s time to get started!

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