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Rufete

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It is a grape variety widespread in the Dão area due to its good fertility, it has an high production, but irregular. Displays a medium and compact bunch of grapes, with medium-sized grape berries, not uniform, slightly flattened and with a thick and a black-blue coloured and strong bloom.
Its pulp, not coloured, is soft and juicy. Presents an average maturity. Gives the wine a medium alcoholic content and acidity. Ruby-coloured wines, floral aromas, herbaceous flavour and light structure. Presents a very weak potential of ageing, that's way it is blended with other grape varities giving some perfume and acidity. It is used in the production of rosé and sparkling wines.

 
 
     
 
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