New variety - Solaris
- General: The Solaris variety from the range of Norbert Becker, Staatliches Weinbauinstitut Freiburg, dates back to 1975. The crossing combination is Merzling and "Gm 6493", in whose genetics Muskat-Ottonel is anchored. The name refers to the variety's excellent ripening characteristics. Early ripening and high sugar contents are typical for the "Sonnenfänger". Colleagues in Baden have also been able to obtain much-acclaimed dessert wines from the Solaris.
- Cluster: The grapes are medium sized, amber in colour when ripe and not very compact.
- Wine: The wines are full-bodied with fruity, finely integrated acidity. A pronounced fruitiness of quince, mirabelle, almond and caramel can be achieved through maceration and cool fermentation.
- Cultivation: The site requirements are low with very good frost resistance. The variety ripens very early. Selection qualities at the beginning of September are not uncommon. This should be taken into account when choosing a site. High altitudes or later, more northern locations are advantageous. A strong, horizontal growth is typical, which should be taken into account in the training system and the foliage work in order to guarantee a good drying of the grape zone. Additional planting areas of 2.5 sqm and two arches are advisable, also to avoid the typical drizzling of the variety.
- Clone: Fr 360