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The white grape variety is a natural mutation or subsequent selection of the red grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon. It was first discovered by Malcolm Cleggett in 1980 in the vineyards of the South Australian winery Clegett Wines in the Langhorne Creek area. One vine had developed (in addition to the normal red grapes) two grapes with bronze coloured berries at one point. Cleggett planted seeds of them and selected a total of 15 seedlings by 1984. He named this variety Malian (a combination of Malcolm and his brother Ian) and produced a light red wine. After further selection and propagation, white to golden coloured grapes were obtained as a result at the beginning of the 1990s. Initially Cleggett called the variety Cabernet Blanc or White Cabernet, but he registered it under the name Shalistin. A pure, dry white wine with lemon aroma was introduced to the public in 2002. In 2010, however, no stock was registered (Kym Anderson). Also in Australia, the variety Cygne Blanc has developed from an open-flowered Cabernet Sauvignon seedling.

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