The red grape variety comes from the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. The name means "little blue" (Mali = smaller, Plavac = blue). It was first mentioned in 1841 as a "typical Dalmatian variety". Synonyms are Plavatz Petit Noir ( France ); Babic, Crljenak, Kaštelanski, Kasteljanac, Kastelka, Kusmanic, Pagadebit, Pagadebit Crni, Pagadebit Mali, Pagadebit Pravi, Pagadebit Veliki, Pageleneb Zelenjak, Plavac Mali Crni, Plavac Mali Kastelanski, Plavac Pravi, Plavac Srednji, Plavac Veliki, Plavac Zelenac, Rodulic , Sarac, Sarak, Viska, Zelenac, Zelenak ( Croatia ); Plavec times ( Northern Macedonia ). It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Babic. Babica. Dobričić. Glavinuša. grk. Plavina. Tribidrag or Vranac be confused. According to done in 2003 DNA analysis it comes from a presumably natural cross between Primitivo ( Tribidrag x Dobričić; but genetic relationships also exist with the other varieties. Plavac Mali was the parent of the species Ninčuša,
The low-yield vine has thick-skinned, sugar-rich berries and is therefore quite resistant to fungal diseases, It produces deep-colored, high-alcohol and tannin-rich red wines with rich aromas of cherries, plums and blackberries and, with appropriate aging, also has aging potential. Among other things, the brand wines are sorted by variety Dingac. Faros. Peljesac. postup and Prošek produced. The variety is in the south Croatia spread on the Dalmatian coast and on many islands. The Croatian acreage in 2010 was 1,569 hectares, with a steep decline (ten years earlier it had been 6,539 hectares, but possibly similar varieties were included).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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