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Vintage 2019

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

The weather was characterized by:

Harvest and pressing

Thanks to the ideal October weather, the harvest could be really late. We consider late harvest to be one of the most important quality factors of them all.

One disadvantage with late harvest was that we were finally the only grower in the area with grapes in the vineyards, appealing the increasingly hungry birds. We didn't notice in time, that they were crawling around inside between the nets to catch the grapes. Unfortunately, we lost some excellent riped grapes before we hired people to watch the vineyards.

Fermentation

Due to hard rot fighting, late harvest and sudden bird attacks, the harvest was

Breaking fermentation

As usually there is a trade-off, between keeping enough high speed to not risk fermentation to expire, and to slow down speed in order to get enough time to break the fermentation. A decline of 0,5 gram sugar per day is a good target.

When the harvest is late the acidity is soft and round, and as rule of thumb, we use to trim the residual sugar equal to the acidity in grams per liter. For the solid ground grade we can let up the sugar 1 or 2 grams above to acidity level, and for the rare peaks, aiming for more classical preferences, we can trim the sugar to 1 to 2 grams below the acidity.

Assembling the wines

Due to the Corona virus, we performed a small and quick filtration, and sent the wines by DHL to Sweden. We could in this way make two parallel assemblages, one in Sweden and one in Hungary, and after that we could unify our opinions.

We had above 6 tanks to assemble and blend into a 2019 market offering:

Bottling

The bottling was made in end of September.

Wine information

Links to information of each wine, which is the same as linked by the QR-code from the back label

Label theme

The bottle label theme for the 2019 vintage is birds.

The unbelievable excellent autumn weather made us delay the harvest week after week. The grapes became better and better (over ripe somebody would call it) and the starlings refused to go to Africa while they saw these grapes. Despite heavy protection with blue nets, the birds got desperate, and begun to crawl around inside the nets, in order to prepare for the long move. The birds were eating a considerable amount of grapes before we understood what was going on, so the theme is a bit ambivalent to hungry birds.

Labels

Click on the labels to get a high resolution picture.

2019 Birdie Num Num

Link for more details (leads to the same site as the link from the the QR code at the back label).

2019 Brave Birds

Link for more details (leads to the same site as the link from the the QR code at the back label).

2019 Starling Village

Link for more details (leads to the same site as the link from the the QR code at the back label).

2019 Air Dive

Link for more details (leads to the same site as the link from the the QR code at the back label).

Contacts

Sale
Mária Antoanett Crab
Mobile: +36 70 269 1286
Email: Mária Antoanett Crab

Sandahl Rezidencia
Illés Tekla
Mobile: +36 70 368 8013
Mobile: +36 70 385 3577
Email: Illés Tekla

Site manager
Wine maker

Zsolt Palkó
Mobile: +36 30 530 4739 Email: Zsolt Palkó

Estate co-owner
Christer Sandahl
Mobile: +46 733 736008
Email: Christer Sandahl