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Moristel

The red grape variety originates from Spain. Synonyms are Arcos, Arcos en Valencia, Concejón, Corcejon, Juan Ibáñez, Moristell, Navarra, Navès, Navès de Fitero, Miguelillo, Monastel, Negraleja, Nehralejo, Salceño, Tempranillo Temprano, Teruel, Vidau Fino and Zaragoza. It must not be confused with the Graciano (Moristell), Monastrell (Morastrell) or Tempranillo varieties, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological or name similarities. The parentage is unknown. However, it is possibly identical with the Spanish variety Miguel de Arco (with synonym Moristel). The late-maturing, low-yielding vine is resistant to drought, as well as to various vine diseases in general. It produces fragrant, brick-red coloured red and rosé wines that tend to oxidise. These are mostly blended with the two varieties Parraleta and Tempranillo. The variety is grown in northern Spain, mainly in the DO area of Somontano (Aragon). Since this is also done in mixed sets, it is difficult to record quantities. In 2016, 247 hectares of vineyards were reported (Kym Anderson).

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