The red grape variety comes from the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. The name means "Little Blue" (Mali = Little, Plavac = Blue). It was first mentioned in 1841 as a "typical Dalmatian variety". Synonyms are Plavatz Petit Noir ( France ); Babić, Crljenak, Kaštelanski, Kasteljanac, Kastelka, Kusmanic, Pagadebit, Pagadebit Crni, Pagadebit Mali, Pagadebit Pravi, Pagadebit Veliki, Pagadebit Zelenjak, Plavac Mali Crni, Plavac Mali Kastelanski, Plavac Saviaci, Plavac Saviaci, Plavac Saviaci , Sarac, Sarak, Viska, Zelenac, Zelenak ( Croatia ); Plavec times ( Northern Macedonia ). Despite apparently suggesting synonyms or morphological No similarities with the varieties Babic. Babica. Dobričić. Glavinuša. grk. Plavina. Tribidrag or Vranac be confused. As was done in 2003 DNA analysis it comes from a presumably natural cross between Primitivo ( Tribidrag ) x Dobričić; genetic relationships also exist with the other varieties. Plavac Mali was the parent of the variety Ninčuša,
The low-yielding vine has thick-skinned, sugar-rich berries and is therefore quite resistant to fungal diseases, It produces deep-colored, alcohol-rich and tannin-rich red wines with diverse aromas of cherries, plums and blackberries and, with appropriate expansion, also has aging potential. Among other things, the branded wines are made from these Dingac. Faros. Peljesac. postup and Prošek produced. The variety is in the south Croatia widespread on the Dalmatian coast and on many islands. The Croatian acreage in 2010 was 1,569 hectares with a downward trend (ten years earlier it was 6,539 hectares, but similar varieties mentioned above may also have been added at that time).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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