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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Mavrud, indigenous Balkan grape variety most closely associated with bulgaria, capable of producing intense, tannic wine if allowed to ripen fully. Grown on about 1,700 ha/4,220 acres in central southern Bulgaria in 2009 and a speciality of Assenovgrad near Plovdiv, it is small berried, low yielding and has a long vegetative period. The robust wine produced responds well to oak ageing, although it tends to age rather faster than Bulgaria’s other noble indigenous vine melnik.