OTHER NAMES: bastardo (Galicia), carnaz (Spain-Galicia), domingos pérez (Spain-Galicia), verdejo negro (Spain), pecho (Spain-Galicia).
This is the third strain in the Ribeira Sacra area and a variety which is as ancestral as brancellao, or perhaps even more so, where its recovery is still tentative. Is also found, but to a lesser degree, in the areas of Monterrei and Valdeorras.
It has a semi-creeping vine with small, compact, conical clusters, which ripen early, endowing the wines with maturity and a lot of personality. The grapes are uniform, with a short-elliptic shape, blackish-blue in colour, with skin of medium thickness. The soft, tasty flesh is uncoloured, with no particular flavour. The vines are of good fertility and early budburst, owing to which it is sensitive to spring frosts. It is of scant development and low yield. The grapes or a reddish-violet colour with a short elliptical shape, very delicate and sensitive to mites, oidium and, owing to the compactness of the cluster, botrytis in the event of late rains during the harvest period.
A variety of low acidity which produces wines with a high alcohol content (average value 13.6%) and low acidity (average value 5.1 g/l). The wines are of a blackish-blue tonality, with aromas of black forest fruits, spices and minerals. High-quality multi-varietal and single-varietal wines in the Ribeira Sacra.