2018 SANDAHL 'Dig it'
(rhine) riesling, solid ground grade, badacsony, hungary.


From the 2018 vintage we have improved our market communication. One improvement is that we have divided our wine portfolio into three grades, informing to which quality level the wine belongs. The three levels are 'Rare peak', 'Mid range', and 'Solid ground' and these three grades are indicated by the back label and by different capsules.

This wine named 'Dig it' belongs to the 'Solid ground' level, which is our entry grade (below 'Rare peak' and 'Mid range' grade).

The theme for 2018 vintage was to identify a traffic sign useful in the illustration of the 'Solid ground' grade, in this case a sign warning for a road work digging into the solid ground. 'Solid ground' bottles are sealed with a screw cap with the Sandahl text in white, see picture to the right.


The 2018 autumn brought heavy rains between the 1st and 7th of September, causing some rot in lower parts of our vineyards, which didn't perfectly develop to botrytis. Then the autumn proceed like a farmers dream. There was an almost rain free sunny month from the 29th of September to the 27th of October.

We had three distinct harvest periods:
1. 'Normal harvest' period the 18th of September
2. 'Late harvest' period the 4th and 5th of October
3. 'Ultra late harvest' period the 15th and 17th of October


  2018-09-18 Harvest of Genesis low in normal harvest period
  2018-10-18 Use of 3rd fraction from pressing above harvest
  2018-10-04 Harvest of Bishop garden in late harvest period
  2018-10-04 Use of 1st and 2nd fraction from pressing above harvest

Some of the grapes in Bishop garden and Genesis low had gray rot and poor botrytis, but as usual we applied a strict selection at harvest.


The analysis is made by the OBI institute.

  Alcohol 13.48 % vol
  Sugar 7.5 g / l
  Total acidity 5.4 g / l
  Volatile acidity 0.42 g / l
  Bottle 750 ml
  Cork Nature


By Christer Sandahl

  Date 2019-12-04
  Color Light yellow
  Smell Citrus, mandarin, tobacco, half-open, a bit sweet in the smell. Broad and diverse.
  Taste Young, attractive, balanced and easy-going.
  Judgment A very nice entry wine, the very best we have made so far. Around 92 points out of 100.

By Christer Sandahl

  Date 2020-07-12
  Color Light yellow, still a bit green.
  Smell Being from one of our best vintages, this wine is still only half-open, but a bit more stylish, still sweet in the smell. Fresh and lively.
  Taste More available in the taste, still young and attractive, gaining in elegance and balance.
  Judgment A very nice entry wine, the very best we have made so far. Will improve for many years. Around 93 points out of 100.


By Christer Sandahl

  Date 2021-04-14, ahead of spring season.
  Color Medium yellow
  Smell Still fresh and lively, spicy, intense, minerally, smoky, tropical fruit. Many superlatives.
  Taste This wine has developed its taste in a remarkable way, and has turned out more Mid range than Solid ground. Balanced, adaptable and complete.
  Judgment A very nice entry wine, the very best we have made so far. Will improve for many years. Still a way to go, from 91 points now to 93 points at its best.

Solid ground
screw capsule

white 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  


For more information, see www.villasandahl.com