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Cabernet Dorsa  (originally known as We 71-817-92)

Mother: Dornfelder
Father: Cabernet Sauvignon

Year of breeding: 1971
Country of origin: Germany
Breeder/License holder: Dr Bernard Hill, Staatliche Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Wein- und Obstbau, Traubenplatz 5, 74189 Weinsberg
Number of clones: 0

Year of entry into the German Federal Office's Varieties Register: 7 Jan 2004
Area planted in Germany in 2007: 222 hectares; also 20.4 heactares in Switzerland
Area planted in England: none

Wine Character - colour: intense, dark
                      - bouquet: cherries
                    - palate: nice tannins and good body, flavours of cherry and "unripe paprika" as in Cabernet Sauvignon. Good sugar-free extract, high quality wine, superior to Regent.

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Time of bud-burst: average

Strength of growth: average to strong; less than Dornfelder. Mostly upright growth
Growth of side-shoots: low to average

Flowering time: average
Flowering strength: medium

Leaf: - size:                         - shape: 
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        - surface undulation:                - petiolar sinus: 

Grape bunch: - size: medium (to large)      - density: loose
Berries:        - size: medium-large             - shape: 
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Time of veraison: late
Time of harvest: late

Grape yield: medium (to high)
Must-weight: high (to very high); above Pinot Noir and Dornfelder
Must-acidity: medium

Wood ripening: good, better than Dornfelder
Winter hardiness: good
Wood colour: 

Chlorosis resistance: 
Susceptibility to - Oidium:                               - Peronospora: 
                       - Botrytis:                              - Roter Brenner: 
                       - Phomopsis:                          - Stem-atrophy:

Preferred soil: 
Suitable rootstocks: SO4, 41B etc

Normal stem height: 
Normal row spacing: 
Vine spacing in the row: 

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


Disadvantages: in England it would need a very good site.