Sylvia and her husband Amit discovered the wines of Friedrich Schatz when they were travelling through Andalucia. Their recommendation was again unequivocally enthusiastic. Sylvia wanted these hard to find Spanish wines from her home country to be represented on Cellar Door!
I reached out to Friedrich. He loved the concept of Cellar Door and is now signed up.
Friedrich’s estate is in Ronda, within the province of Malaga, Andalucia. He comes from a German family which is quite clear from the vines that he began cultivating: Very traditional German grape varieties such as Lemberger and Muskattrollinger.
He grows other grape varieties like Pinot Noir (it is one of the southern most Pinot Noir grown in Europe), Chardonnay, Petit Verdot. All of these grapes are used to produce his single varietal wines. However, his blend of Tempranillo, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon known as “Finca Sanguijuela” is a rising star and is considered to be one of the finest wines to come out of Spain!
Friedrich follows biodynamic production methods and believes in bringing the “old” and “new” methods into his winemaking. This is why you will find his biodynamic wines being aged in new oak!
The total production from his exclusive/boutique estate is just over a 1000 cases. His Chardonnay’s is already sold out and so is the Rose made from Muskattrollinger.
I am confident that once his other wines are listed on Cellar Door they too will be sold out.
Friedrich doesn’t have a fully functional website as yet (he lets his wine do all the talking) but has a holding page.