(0.6% of the total vineyard plantings)
Entered in the State Register of Grape Varieties in1977
This variety was developed by J. Veverka at the Vine Research Centre in Velké Pavlovice and later in Perná by crossing Red Traminer and Müller-Thurgau.
The growth is of medium vigour with medium-sized pentagonal leaves and abundant foliage. Bunches are conical, with greyish-red berries that have a somewhat oval face and thick skins. Grapes have a taste of Traminer spiciness. Ripening is medium late. Resistance to frost is medium, to fungal diseases lower. Requires damp, fertile soils and good vineyard positions.
Pálava crops regularly and the yields are higher than for Traminer. The grapes are capable of obtaining high sugar levels, therefore it is possible to make wines with special attributes on a regular basis.
The wine has similar characteristics as Traminer but is usually less spicy. The aromatic substances found in the Traminer grape variety are enriched with vanilla tones. It has a somewhat higher acidity content than Traminer. Wines made from the Pálava cultivar are also frequently smoother and more harmonious than Traminer which makes them attractive to drink.
Basic characteristics of quality wines:
Golden-yellow colour, Traminer nose of roses is filled out with undertones of vanilla. Full and round wine with good acidity levels, supple, and with a lingering finish.
Translation © Helena & John Baker 2004
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