2019 SANDAHL 'birdie Num Num'
(rhine) riesling, ultra late harvest, rare peak plus grade, badacsony, hungary.

Labels

Hungry starlings longing for grapes always swarm above our vineyards in the autumn, to get full before moving to Africa. This vintage was extremely sunny and rain-free, so the birds refused to leave as long as we had unpicked grapes. The label theme then was decided to be "birds".

This label is taken from the movie "The Party" from 1968, when Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers) with typical Indian pronunciation reads what is on the bird's food bowl.

Weather

This is the third vintage in a row, that has been extremely beneficial for us. Again, it was the extreme suitable weather for vine growing, that was the root cause. Also we get better to fight rot, which lowered the risk when aiming for late harvest.

The weather was characterized by:

  • A very wet and cold spring
  • An moderate warm summer with dry weather but adequate rain
  • A fantastic autumn with only a couple of rainfalls from middle of September to start of November

Origin

  2019-10-23 Use of 1st fraction from Bishop backyard east and west plus Solitude (tank 4)
  2019-10-24 Use of 1st fraction from Genesis high plus grafts from Genesis east and west (tank 8)

All grapes was excellent healthy with some grapes having excellent botrytis.

Analysis

Values by the OBI institute.

  Alcohol 14.4 % vol
  Sugar 7.0 g / l
  Total acidity 5.6 g / l
  Volatile acidity 0.37 g / l
  pH 3.13
  Bottle 750 ml
  Cork Nature

Tastings

By Christer Sandahl.

  Date 2020-07-11, just after assemblage.
  Color Light medium yellow.
  Smell Typical young Sandahl wine, less intense, citrus, only minor pears, smoke, much mineral, flint stone, a bit fiery.
  Taste Powerful taste, a stylish mineral bomb, not at all bitter, stony after taste.
  Judgment Clean and well-made Riesling, need some years of bottle age.

By Christer Sandahl.

  Date 2021-04-14, ahead of spring season.
  Color Medium yellow.
  Smell Still a young wine, no pears anymore, smoke, wax, surreal class, soft with citrus, luxury and expensive feeling, still a bit restrained.
  Taste Dreamlike acidity, super balanced, elegant, not at all bitter, stony after taste.
  Judgment Going from strength to strength, probably the best wine we have made so far. 95 points for the moment, potential for 98 points after some years.


Rare peak
cork capsule

gold text

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  

Internet

For more information, see www.villasandahl.com