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Souvignier gris  (originally known as Fr. 392-83)

Mother: Cabernet Sauvignon (Sauvignon blanc x Cabernet Franc)
Father: Bronner (Merzling x Gm 6494 (Zarya Severa x St. Laurent))

That was the parentage attributed to it by the breeder but DNA analysis carried out in 2014-2016 indicated that it is in fact Seyval x Zähringer.

A white Piwi/disease-resistant variety.

Year of breeding: 1983
Country of origin: Germany
Breeder/License holder: Staatliches Weinbauinstitut Freiburg, bred by Dr Norbert Becker.
Number of clones: Fr 420

Year of entry into the German Federal Office's Varieties Register: 2008, protected from 2012.
Area planted in Germany: hectares
Area planted in England: trial areas, increasing
Has been planted in Italy, France, Austria and Holland.

Wine Character - colour: yellow-green to yellow
     - bouquet: fruity
     - palate: full-bodied, neutral, fruity; similar to Pinot Gris, perhaps more complex.


Time of bud-burst: early

Strength of growth: medium-strong
Growth of side-shoots: low to average

Flowering time: early to middle, a few days before Pinot Gris
Flowering strength: strong, coulure is very low

Leaf: - size: medium
     - shape: 3 lobed
     - colour:
     - surface undulation:
     - petiolar sinus:

Grape bunch: - size: medium to large, elongated
    - density: loose to medium

Berries: - size: medium, with thick skins with firm pectin-rich flesh
     - shape: elongated cylindrical
     - skin colour: greyish-red, rose but not high in anthocyanins

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

Grape yield: medium
Must-weight: medium high
Must-acidity: medium

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

Preferred soil:
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Normal stem height:
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Wood ripening: high to very high
Winter hardiness: high
Wood colour: dark brown

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

Advantages: high resistance to mildews, interesting wine in the style of Pinot Gris. A very interesting variety for planting in England.