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Tim regards the 2017 as a top vintage, one of the most elegant ever. Vegetative growth is always a little behind in elevated Bockenau, so there was almost no frost damage. The grapes were healthy, and the onset of botrytis in October produced some fine late-harvest wines, including a massive 250 Oechsle TBA.
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2019 Felseneck Kabinett [14 20] (SFRO11219A)
Harvested on 20 September, here is another proper Kabinett: bright, featherlight and breezy, with a cool green fruit, exuberant smoky flint notes, lots of lemon and a creamy salty finish. Vital and very exciting.
2019 Nahe Riesling trocken [08 20] (SFRO64219A)
Vines up to 10 years old, including those from the best sites, give a smoky, stony wine with juicy citrus and lemon balm notes. It is clear, precise, and extremely elegant.
2019 Vulkangestein trocken [10 20] (SFRO66219A)
From 30-to-40-year-old vines in Felsenberg and Stromberg. It has all the finesse of a GG, with smooth citrus and red fruit notes, earthy mineral flavours and a long, cool, energetic finish.
2019 Schiefergestein [11 20] (SFRO70219A)
From 30-to-40-year-old vines in Felseneck. Brighter, denser and with more grip than Vulkangestein, it has breathtaking precision and energy, with a complex spicy smoky minerality, bright lemon flavours tinged with mint, and a very long fine flinty finish.
2019 Stromberg GG [21 20] (SFRO76219A)
The steep rocky volcanic soils of Stromberg are the site of the estate's oldest vines, half of them eighty-five years old. A bad hailstorm in June reduced the yields by half, and the resulting wine is all the more intense, with smooth juicy ripe citrus fruit, white peach, and an appealing fresh grassiness. The finish is bright, pure and incredibly long.
2019 Frühlingsplätzchen GG [19 20] (SFRO77219A)
Hard red slate gives a very juicy, elegant wine with pronounced dark earthy flavours, notes of redcurrant and spice, and a firm fine citrus finish.
2019 Kupfergrube GG [17 20] (SFRO79219A)
Kupfergrube - on the site of an old copper mine - is a narrow strip of vineyard between the river and a steep volcanic cliff and has correspondingly little airflow. The rocks reflect and store heat, and the grapes have riper flavours even when they have the same must weight as those in other vineyards. This is broader and gentler than the Felsenberg, still tightly focussed, but with softer orange rather than lemon, red fruit notes and a fresh steely salty finish.
2019 Felsenberg GG [18 20] (SFRO80219A)
Felsenberg's position next to the river and rich soils makes its vines reach maturity quickly. This also means the vineyard is susceptible to fog, and as the damp air softens the grapes, it is crucial to harvest at the right moment. Wines made by other growers from this vineyard are often rounded and weighty, but Tim Fröhlich picks earlier, and draws out its most elegant aspects. There is power, and it is lean and taut, bristling with energy, pithy citrus and herbal flavours and a cool stony minerality, building to a pleasantly bitter finish. What a fantastic and exciting start to the tasting line-up!
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