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millerandage (F)

Term for the insufficient development of the grapes, which manifests itself through uneven size and insufficient ripening of the berries. It is a manifestation of the Verrieselns, The most common cause is cold, rainy or otherwise bad weather in the flowering the vine. However, other factors such as nutrient deficiency, especially from boron, play a role. Usually there are many small, green and hard berries (shot corn berries) that remain immature. The berries can also ripen later (than the normal berries) with a high level Sugar- but little acidity come. Certain varieties respectively. Clones or documents are particularly susceptible to sprinkling and small berries due to their genetic disposition. These include Cabernet Sauvignon. Gewurztraminer. Sangiovese. Zinfandel and Zweigelt,

Small berries - grapes with very small, stunted berries

Often the small berries are also wrongly called parthenocarpy referred to because the berries seemingly seedless are. Wrong because at vines no real virginity has yet been demonstrated. In fact, the kernels remain small and soft and are absorbed by the pulp that forms. Small berries can be significant yield losses and cause poor wine quality. In the picture a grape with very small and differently ripe berries, which are scattered over the whole grape. A completely different, qualitatively positive characteristic are "small berries", which produce better quality wines due to the smaller total berry size and the higher ratio of skin to juice; see under grape,

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