(rhine) riesling, mid range 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 begun to get magic. This wine is the 3rd quality of the four we made from this vintage. Of course, there is no magic without a magician hat with a shy rabbit inside and a lot of smoke around.


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.

  2017-09-30   A. Harvesting Genesis low
  2017-10-01   A. Harvesting Bishop Garden
  2017-10-04   B. Harvesting Bishop Backyard and Solitude
  2017-10-05 1st fraction A. Pressing above Genesis low and Bishop Garden
  2017-10-05   C. Harvesting Genesis grafts
  2017-10-05 2nd fractions juice mixed B. Pressing above Bishop Backyard and Solitude
  2017-10-06 C. Pressing above Genesis grafts

Some of the grapes had gray rot, but we applied a strict selection at harvest.


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

  Alcohol 15 %
  Sugar 8.0 gram/liter
  Total acidity 6.3 gram/liter
  Volatile acidity 0.44 gram/liter
  Bottle Green glass 750 ml
  Cork Natural


By Christer Sandahl.

  Date 2019-01-04, half year after bottling
  Color Pale yellow.
  Smell Serious character, but somewhat unrelieved.
  Taste Charming and balanced wine.
  Judgment The wine is rather open. Well-made wine, will improve with some years in bottle.

By Christer Sandahl.

  Date 2019-07-20, in summer
  Color Rather pale yellow.
  Smell Lovely Riesling begin to appear on the nose. A bit grassy, but elegant and stylish.
  Taste The awkward taste has gone, and out comes full-feathered Riesling. Still a bit to go before optimal matured. Clean and elegant also in the formidable after-taste.
  Judgment The wine has evolved a quite bit since last tasting above. Very well-made wine, will improve with still some years in bottle.

By Christer Sandahl.

  Date 2020-07-12, in summer
  Color Medium yellow color.
  Smell Strong classic Riesling smell on the nose. Now more fruity than grassy, very elegant and stylish.
  Taste Powerful and strong in the mouth, but at the same time soft and fleshy. Still a bit to go before optimal matured.
  Judgment Very well-made stylish wine, will improve with still a year in bottle. Deserves 94 points out of 100.

By Christer Sandahl.

  Date 2021-04-14, ahead of spring season.
  Color Medium yellow color.
  Smell Rich and full smell. straight and attractive, has matured in an excellent way.
  Taste Has matured in a excellent way, also in the taste, powerful and elegant on the same time, really attractive
  Judgment This goes excellent to fine fish dishes, sushi and even to carefully grilled fish. Corresponds to 93 points today, but fully mature it maybe can achieve 94 points out of 100.
This wine was selected by the Hungarian wine writers as the best of their top-12 list of wines.



Rabbit periscope is of mid range 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