Also frontinac, frontiniac, and with initial capital.
EnglishShow more Adaptation of frontignan, a term for both grape and wine, named for Frontignan, a town in southern France; now obsolete in general English usage.
A heavy, sweet table wine made from muscat-type grapes; the grape type from which this wine is made. Also attributive.See also Cape wine.
1821C.I. LatrobeJrnl of Visit 481The old lady..insisted upon our tasting all the different wines made on her property. Among them were Hahnen Pootgen, white and red; Frontiniac; Klipp-wine, and another, of a rough taste.
1880S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 222The Muscadels and Frontignac are, for the most part, used for sweet wines, such as are made at Constantia and the Paarl. These are said to resemble the sweet Muscat and Frontignan wines of the South of France.
1905P.D. Hahn inFlint & GilchristScience in S. Afr. 415The vines cultivated at the Cape..[for red wines] were known as..Pontac, Frontignac and Muscadel Grape.
c1955Handbk on Wines (K.W.V.) 25Cape wine-growers still produce..many excellent varieties of dessert wine...Among them..frontignac, pontac, muscatel, moscato, marsala and jerepigo.
1957L.G. GreenBeyond City Lights 126I shall stick to the full-bodied wines, the Frontignac and Muscadel and Pontac which have made Worcester famous.
1966H. BeckMeet Cape Wines (2nd ed.) 12As far as I know the frontignac is used only for making dessert wines and the pontac was used for much the same purpose...Neither the frontignac nor the pontac are very widely grown.
1974A.P. BrinkDessert Wine 61It was..a skilful blending of red and white muscadel, with some Frontignac, and with a strong hint of hanepoot in its bouquet.
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.
1980J. PlatterBk of S. Afr. Wines 90A..lesser-known and little-grown Muscat Frontignan is also made into a dessert wine and often given the name Frontignac.
1980J. PlatterBk of S. Afr. Wines 102Schanderl...Made principally from a unique red clone of frontignac..it has a..light-bodied..character.
1982S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 21These regions produce the sweeter, heavier dessert wines such as frontignac, pontac, hanepoot and the best muscadel.
1988D. Hughes et al.Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine 118Made from Red and White Muscadel together with some Frontignac, it was this wine to which the Governor gave the name of ‘Constantia’.
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