FrenchShow more French, a family name of the Médoc region, given to a sweet wine from that region; see quotation 1988.
1.A sweet or dry red wine similar to port, made of the Pontac grape. Also attributive.See also Cape wine.
1812A. Plumptretr. ofH. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr.I. 151Du Toit gave us an excellent sort of wine, called here Pontac, a sweet deep-red wine, which is sold at the Cape at thirty dollars the hogshead.
1827G. ThompsonTrav. 285The more distant farms above mentioned, produce the common wine, denominated Cape Madeira and Pontac.
1832Graham’s Town Jrnl 4 May 76A small quantity of Pontack and sweet Muscadel, 5 years old, at 1Rd. 4sks. per gallon.
1843Cape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register (advt)Old Cape Wines of superior quality consisting of Madeira,..Pontac, equal and in many respects preferable to the Port wine generally imported into this country; sweet wines of very excellent quality and fine flavour, to wit: Pontac, Frontignac, Muscadel, etc.
1968C.J. Orffer inD.J. OppermanSpirit of Vine 100De Mist also indicated that the following wines were sent to the Netherlands in 1792..1 leaguer Pontac price 176 guilders, 6 leaguers brandy price 528 Guilders.
1979C. PamaWine Estates of S. Afr. 40The two farms produced the famous red and white Constantia, natural sweet, muscadel wines, blended with Frontignac and Pontac wines.
1986S. Afr. Panorama June 47Pontac, an almost purple-black colour, is sweet and full-bodied and, if handled well, makes a valuable contribution to the blending of a good port.
1905P.D. Hahn inFlint & GilchristScience in S. Afr. 415The vines cultivated at the Cape for white wines were known as Steen, Green and Hanepot Grape, for red and dark wines Pontac, Frontignac and Muscadel Grape.
1988D. Hughes et al.Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine 108Since the making of this Pontac coincided with the advent of the Hugenot immigration.., it has been speculated that they may have brought cuttings of the vine with them, perhaps naming it after the famous Pontac family, who were important vineyard owners in the Médoc...Pontac has now all but disappeared from the Cape’s vineyards, only 39000 vines existing at present.
1990ExcellenceVol.6No.2, 5The best-known names are jerepigo, red or white muscadel and hanepoot, made from muscat d’alexandrie, muscat de frontignan, muscat de hambourg, but also from pinotage, pontac, tinta, chenin blanc, palomino.
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