2019 SANDAHL 'Starling Village'
(rhine) riesling, ultra late harvest, mid range grade, badacsony, hungary.


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".

Starlings are very social and flock oriented, thus like to settle in a village of bird boxes.


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


  2019-10-22 Use of 1st fraction from Bishop Garden (tank 1) Separately fermented
  2019-10-22 Use of 2nd fraction from Bishop Garden and Genesis low (tank 2) Mixed before fermentation
  2019-10-25 Use of 2nd fraction from Genesis low (tank 7)

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


Values by the OBI institute.

  Alcohol 14.5 % vol
  Sugar 5.3 g / l
  Total acidity 5.3 g / l
  Volatile acidity 0.40 g / l
  pH 3.23
  Bottle 750 ml
  Cork Nature


By Christer Sandahl.

  Date 2020-07-11
  Color Light medium yellow
  Smell Citrus, soft pears, ripe fruit, straight and well-made
  Taste Soft, attractive taste, easy to like, long balanced after taste.
  Judgment Our Solid ground entry grade often outperform our competitors best wines.

By Christer Sandahl.

  Date 2021-04-14, ahead of spring season.
  Color Light to medium yellow
  Smell Mild citrus, tarragon, pure soft acidity, pears has faded but still a bit undeveloped, a very well-made mid range wine.
  Taste No bitterness at all, attractive taste, easy to like, balanced after taste.
  Judgment Can be approached now at 92 points, but will reach 94 points within some years.

Mid range
cork capsule

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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  
  2020 Thor's hammer -Mjölnir-, Freya's amulet -Brisingamén-, Odin's horse -Sleipnir-  


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