Negru de Dragasani grape variety was obtained by Marculescu M. and Vladasel M. through individual selection at SCDVV Dragasani. It was obtained as a result of the sexual hybridization between Negru vartos and Saperavi and it was released in 1993.
Ampelographic characters. Adult leaves are medium sized (three-five lobs), linty on the lowerside. The flowers are normal hermaphrodite.
The grapes are medium in size, cylindrical shaped, uniaxial, bi-winged or three-winged. The berry is medium (2.0 - 2.5 g), egg-shaped, and bluish-black in color.
The pulp is red and juicy, non fragrant and has a rich taste.
In Dragasani vineyard bud opening is triggered roughly in mid April and vegetation period lasts 180-185 days.
The logs have a medium vigor and good fertility. Good resistance to frost and mildew. The variety shows medium resistance to mildew and gray mold; yield potential of 4.8-10-16 t/ha.
The grapes reach full maturity in mid September. At full maturity, the grapes accumulate on average 233-234 g/l sugar and 4.5 g/l acidity (H2SO4). High anthocyanin content.
Freshness and fruitiness.
Suitable for aging in oak barrels and then in bottles.
Smell and taste: black cherry, blueberries, blackberries, sloes, brown spices.
Can be served along with young and fresh cheese, red meat, pasta or risotto.
Source: Nedelut Dumitru, Oliver Bauer