Schafer-Frohlich (Bockenau)

Tim Schafer-Frohlich’s parents are slightly bemused by the steady flow of foreign merchants and journalists through their door in this rural corner of the Nahe. Still firmly in his twenties, Tim is playing at the top of his game. Confident with his use of wild yeasts, which many growers find difficult and unpredictable, Tim makes real “terroir” wines – wines with a clear sense of where they are from. With parcels in steep slopes overhanging the village of Bockenau, heavy with volcanic Porphyr stone and the more spicy iron-rich slate vineyards of Schlossbockelheim down by the river, the wines are tingly, nervy, limey and exhilarating.