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The red grape variety originates from Croatia. Synonyms are Chikhovats, Chohovatz, Čihovac, Crljenak Slatinski, Debritzitch, Dobrič, Dobričić Crni, Dobrigitch, Dobritchitch Noir, Dobrovoljac, Dobrychich, Dobrytchytch, Krucalin, Okručanac, Plavac Soltanski, Plavac Veliki, Shaltanatz, Sholtanats, Šijaka, Slatinac, Slatinjac, Slatinski, Soltanac and Soltanski Plavac. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2004, the Plavac Mali (Plavac Veliki) variety originated from a presumably natural cross between Tribidrag (Crljenak Kaštelanski, Primitivo) x Dobričić. Further analysis revealed a parent-offspring relationship between Dobričić and Babić. The medium-late maturing, moderately productive vine is susceptible to downy mildew. It yields colourful, tannin-rich, rather low-acid red wines that serve as teinturiers (colour enhancers) in blends. The variety is mainly cultivated on the island of Solta. However, no stock was reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson statistics).

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