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Plechistik

The red grape variety originates from Russia. Synonyms are Bogata Kist, Cherny Vinny, Goryun, Khreshchatinskii, Letun, Osipnijak, Petoun, Plechistik Tsimlyansky, Plecistik and Rogataia Kisty. Despite seemingly indicative synonyms, it should not be confused with the Krasnostop Zolotovsky (Cherny Vinny) or Tsimlyansky Cherny varieties; the latter is a direct descendant. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, the Plechistik variety arose from a presumably natural cross between Tsimlyansky Belyi x Krasnostop Zolotovsky. However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see Molecular genetics). It is an all-female grape variety and therefore dependent on cross-pollination. The medium-maturing vine tends to trickle, is sensitive to drought and winter frost, and susceptible to fungal diseases; especially downy mildew. It produces velvety red wines with aromas of plums and sour cherries. The variety is cultivated in the Rostov region along the Don River and Krasnodar in the southwest. It is preferably used for the production of sparkling wines. However, no stocks were reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson).

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