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Dornfelder is a dark-skinned red grape variety native to Germany and created by August Herold in 1955 by crossing the Helfensteiner and the Heroldrebe grape varieties. It is early ripening grape, resistant to Botrytis, which produces dark-coloured, fruity red wines with velvety tannins, medium acidity and aromas of sour cherries with good ageing potential and complexity. Probably one of the most successful German breeds. The Dornfelder gives great results when it is blended with Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and matured in oak barrels, but most of the Dornfelder is easy-going, everyday red wine that is light in body, with low tannins and crisp acidity. It is also planted in England and in California where it gives dense and powerful red wines.

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