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Muscaris  (originally known as Fr. 493-87)

Mother: Solaris
Father: Muskateller

A white Piwi/disease-resistant variety.

Year of breeding: 1987
Country of origin: Germany
Breeder/License holder: Staatliches Weinbauinstitut Freiburg
Number of clones: 0

Year of entry into the German Federal Office's Varieties Register:
Area planted in Germany: hectares
Area planted in England: very small

Wine Character - colour:
     - bouquet: intense, muscat with citrus and exotic fruits
     - palate: very fruity, with good acidity


photo by Ursula Brühl, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof - 76833 Siebeldingen, Germany.

Time of bud-burst: average

Strength of growth: strong
Growth of side-shoots: below average

Flowering time: average
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Grape bunch: - size: medium
    - density: loose berries and elongated

Berries: - size: medium, with thick skins with firm pectin-rich flesh
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     - skin colour: green-yellow to golden-yellow

Time of veraison: average-late
Time of harvest: slightly after average-late, about the same time as Pinot Blanc

Grape yield:
Must-weight: very high, 15 to 20 °Oeschle above Muskateller, can reach 90 °Oeschle

Resistance against:
     - Oidium: high to very high
     - Peronospora: high to very high
     - Botrytis:
     - Roter Brenner:
     - Phomopsis
     - Stem-atrophy:
     - Chlorosis:

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Winter Pruning: eyes/buds per sq. metre of land occupied by the plant.

Advantages: very resistant to diseases, high quality wine, a very interesting variety for planting in England.