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Riesling x Silvaner

Globally, cultivation of this high-cropping grape variety is declining. Wines made from this grape are low in acidity, fruity and typically show notes of nutmeg.
The crossing created by Dr Hermann Müller in 1882 is currently Germany’s second most planted grape variety. For over a century it was believed that this crossing was bred from the Riesling and Silvaner grapes. In 1996 it was claimed on the basis of DNA typing that the crossing had been between Riesling and Chasselas, but this was corrected soon afterwards: its true parents are Riesling and Madeleine Royale.
This high-cropping variety requires nutrient-rich soils and cool sites. It is usually vinified as a dry wine. The fresh, fruity, low-acid wines are a pale light yellow and should be drunk young.
Thanks to yield control, in New Zealand the wines typically display aromatic floral aromas. Rivaner is generally understood to be a vinification style (using cold fermentation) of Müller-Thurgau. Ever since the true parentage of the variety was established, the name Riesling x Silvaner (or Rivaner) has no longer been appropriate as a synonym for Müller-Thurgau.
Colour
pale light yellow
Aroma
fresh and fruity
Bouquet
nutmeg
Acidity
low acidity