(rhine) riesling, genesis vineyard, rare peak grade, badacsony, hungary.


The theme for 2017 was magic. It is the third year in a row we produce very high quality and the feeling begin to get magic. This wine is the best of the four we made from this vintage. The ball named SANDAHL has been used in past promotions, and now reappear for a magician to master.


When harvest time did approach, Villa Sandahl staff had not realized how much sugar the grapes had collected, and the first measurement signaled panic to harvest. The grapes to this wine were harvested as specified below, and depending on complementing characters the wine fractions were assembled as also marked below.

  2017-10-07   Harvesting Genesis high and Genesis high grafts
  2017-10-08   Harvesting Genesis high and Genesis high grafts
  2017-10-08 1st fraction Pressing above Genesis high and Genesis high grafts

The grapes had almost no gray rot or botrytis. Our final portfolio of four 2017 wines was assembled in April 2018.


This analysis is made from the Németh Zsuzsanna laboratory in Badacsonytomaj.

  Alcohol 15.5 %
  Sugar 6,6 gram/liter
  Total acidity 6 gram/liter
  Volatile acidity 0.45 gram/liter
  Bottle Green glass 750 ml
  Cork Natural


By Christer Sandahl.

  Date 2019-01-04
  Color Pale yellow
  Smell Fantastic silky character, big in the nose, a bit fury but not alcoholic
  Taste Despite the alcohol level, it is very balanced
  Judgment Very well-made wine. Half year after bottling in January 2019, the wine is surprisingly open to be our highest quality, which normally use to be closed and shy at this point of time

By Christer Sandahl.

  Date 2019-07-20 during summer
  Color Still pale yellow, even with a green tint.
  Smell Shy smell, compact Riesling character, some herbs, some mineral, but a shy monster.
  Taste Coating the palate, apart from the alcohol it still tastes like the newly pressed juice, raw Riesling with turpentine and cellulose, quite sexy for a wine maker.
  Judgment It will be exciting to follow this beautiful monster to mature in the future. At the least it will be a fantastic wine.

By Christer Sandahl.

  Date 2020-07-13 during summer
  Color Medium yellow, now without the green tint.
  Smell Compact Riesling character, with a grassy hint, some mineral, easy and straight forward
  Taste Big wine on the palate, now more grown up and available to drink. This wine has gradually became elegant and stylish
  Judgment It is surely on the wine to get a fantastic wine. 96 Points out of 100.

By Christer Sandahl.

  Date 2021-04-14, ahead of spring season.
  Color Medium to full yellow
  Smell Surprisingly well developed (even with our own standard), clean, open, nice, well-made, refreshing, all such attractive characteristics.
  Taste Lovely taste, forward as always, but now in a grown-up way, straight and refreshing as the smell.
  Judgment Faster than we believed, it has now reached predicted 96 Points out of 100, and should stay there for several years to come.



Ball of fame is of rare peak grade, but this is not indicated by the cork capsule.

Our other wines

Find below clickable links to all our other wines produced since 2010. Observe, that earlier vintages use to be sold out since long. Yellow means rare peaks, gray means mid ranges, and light blue means solid grounds.

  2010 The stamp, Recept  
  2011 Magic rain, Cappuccino oil, Give me five  
  2012 Laundry hanger, Multiplexor, Rake & scoop, Elephant tap, Box fixture  
  2013 Count down, All of a kind, Gold standard, Secret  
  2014 S.O.S., m.m.s.  
  2015 Dry honey, Wet stones, Citrus x Limon, Bear glue, Bella sunrise, Tussilago  
  2016 Banana split, Chicken year, Street smart, Tie mania  
  2017 Ball of fame, Crystal cut, Rabbit periscope, Shop stop  
  2018 Oh deer, Sign up, Not yet, By the way, Dig it  
  2019 Birdie Num Num, Brave Birds, Starling Village, Air Dive  


For more information, see www.villasandahl.com