Sumoll wine grape

A rare Catalan black grape mostly used in blends, Sumoll is also found in the Canary Islands under the name Vijariego Negro.  In the 19th Century there was more Sumoll in Catalunya than Garnacha, and it was also common around Jerez in Andalucia, but in the 20th Century it was replaced by higher-yielding, more fashionable varieties.  This tendency was exacerbated by DO rules that discouraged its use.  By the turn of the century there were less than 100 hectares left.
It has seen a small-scale recovery since, and various DOs now authorise its use, but there are still only around 300 hectares in all of Spain.  It is very drought-resistant, and in Australia it has been crossed with Cabernet Sauvignon to create new varieties suitable for arid conditions.
Its wines taste of red fruit, especially cherries, with high acidity and an earthy, mineral quality.  They can be tough when young with bitter tannins on the finish, which perhaps explains why Sumoll is often seen as a rosé, especially in sparkling wines where its acidity is a bonus.

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