White cultivar obtained from the cross Sauvignon x Bianca (formerly UD. 55-098).
Bud-burst period: early.
Flowering time: everage.
Ripening time: everage-early.
shoot tip hairless, without anthocyanin pigmentation. The leaf is medium sized, pentagonal form and with 5 lobes. Petiolar sinus has a closed lyre shape. Short cluster, cylindrical, compact sometimes with one or two short wings. Small berry, slightly elliptical with medium thickness skin and pruinosity. Neutral pulp.
good vigour grapevine with upright growth habit.
Trellising and pruning:
adaptable to all pruning and trellising systems, short pruning included, thanks to its high base bud fertility.
Resistance to diseases and adverse conditions:
good-to-excellent resistance to downy (Rpv 3) and powdery (Ren 3) mildew. Reduced sensitivity to secondary diseases. Fairly good winter hardiness with resistance up to -20°C.
sugar accumulation is good with excellent acidity even in hot years. The aromatic profile is very good for both the free volatile and the glycoside compounds. Wines have a complex aromatic profile leaning towards floral-fruity with spicy notes, good level of pyrazines that are reminiscent of Sauvignon. The aromatic amplitude is slightly above the average and for its features this variety is suitable for ready-to-drink wines or wines requiring a brief-medium refinement.
in 2018 Sauvignon Nepis® VCR won the silver medal, with 89 point out of 100, at the International PIWI WINE AWARD in Germany.