frontignac, noun

Forms:
Also frontinac, frontiniac, and with initial capital.
Origin:
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.
1821 C.I. Latrobe Jrnl 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.
1829 S. Afr. Almanack & Dir. 148There are five descriptions of Wines made at the Constantia, viz. 1, Red Constantia; 2, White Constantia;, 3, Frontignac; 4, Pontac Constantia; and 5, Steen Constantia.
1843 Cape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register (advt)He has always on sale..sweet wines of very excellent quality and fine flavor, to wit: Pontac, Frontignac, Muscadel, etc. not to be equalled.
1845 Cape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register (advt)Frontignac, White and Red Muscadel or Perle Constantia.
1856 Cape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register (Annual Advertiser) 68Genuine Constantia wines consisting of Pontac, Frontignac, white, red, which may be had..in bottle or cask.
1880 S.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.
1905 P.D. Hahn in Flint & Gilchrist Science in S. Afr. 415The vines cultivated at the Cape..[for red wines] were known as..Pontac, Frontignac and Muscadel Grape.
c1955 Handbk 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.
1957 L.G. Green Beyond City Lights 126I shall stick to the full-bodied wines, the Frontignac and Muscadel and Pontac which have made Worcester famous.
1966 H. Beck Meet 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.
1974 A.P. Brink Dessert Wine 61It was..a skilful blending of red and white muscadel, with some Frontignac, and with a strong hint of hanepoot in its bouquet.
1979 C. Pama Wine Estates of S. Afr. 40The two farms produced the famous red and white Constantia, natural, sweet, muscadel wines, blended with Frontignac and Pontac wines.
1980 J. Platter Bk 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.
1980 J. Platter Bk of S. Afr. Wines 102Schanderl...Made principally from a unique red clone of frontignac..it has a..light-bodied..character.
1982 S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 21These regions produce the sweeter, heavier dessert wines such as frontignac, pontac, hanepoot and the best muscadel.
1988 D. 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’.
A heavy, sweet table wine made from muscat-type grapes; the grape type from which this wine is made. Also attributive.

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