haanen-poot, haanepootShow more Formerly also haanen-poot, haanepoot, haenapod, haenapode, haen-pode, hahnen pootgen, hahnepote, hanapoot, hanepod, hanepoort, hanepot, haneport, hanne poot; occasionally with initial capital.
South African Dutch, Dutch, Show more South African Dutch, from Dutch, combining form of haan cock + poot claw; a euphemistic substitution for hanekloot (kloot testicle), in Dutch a name given to the figwort Ficaria verna; see quotations 1927 and 1944.
1.A variety of muscat grape, Muscat d’ Alexandrie, used as a dessert fruit, and for raisin- and wine-making; honeypot. Also attributive.
1801J. BarrowTrav.I. 65A large white Persian grape, called here the haenapod.
1927A.I. PeroldTreatise on ViticultureThe Dutch name Hanepoot..is an intentional corruption of Hanekloot, i.e. cock’s testicle, which the berry of this variety resembles somewhat in shape and size. ‘Hanepoot’ has nothing to do with ‘cock’s foot’.
1944Marais & Hogetr. ofO.F. Mentzel’s Descr. of Cape of G.H.III. 179We shall..describe the best types of grapes...My favourite kind..is not pressed, nor does it produce any wine. It is the ‘Haanen-Kloote’ (Cock’s testicle), but called ‘Haanen-poote’ by the ladies of Africa.
1966H. BeckMeet Cape Wines (2nd ed.) 11Because of its fruitiness, the hanepoot, which was considered essentially a grape for dessert wine making, is sometimes used quite effectively in the making of natural wine.
1967W.A. De KlerkWhite Wines 10White Hanepoot (Muscat d’Alexandrine), premier grape for good raisins and good fresh eating.
1968W.E.G. Louw inD.J. OppermanSpirit of Vine 323Wines made chiefly from the muscadel or hanepoot grape, are usually somewhat paler.
1977Sunday Times 6 Nov. (Mag. Sect.) 3True withond is made from the purest of hanepoot grapes, not a drop of anything else and it’s 90 per cent proof.
1985J. Grierson inS.-Easter Aug.–Sept. 32Muscat d’Alexandrie..is..the cultivar name for the hanepoot.
1986M. Le Chat inSunday Times 20 July (Mag. Sect.) 32The new music..he’s putting his aloe-bitter hanepoot-sweet voice to shows another side of David Kramer.
1861‘A Lady’Life at Cape (1963) 61Wine and desserts are so very cheap and varied here,..‘hanepoot’, pontac, frontignac, or sweet Constantia ports and sherries, at something less than two pence a glass!
1880S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 223The Hanepoot, which when young is a pale wine, frequently becomes with age as dark as the brownest of brown sherry. Really good old Hanepoot is, perhaps, the finest of Cape wines, and in taste resembles a very fair Madeira.
1952C.L. Leipoldt300 Yrs of Cape Wine 203A..common Hanepoot wine is a golden coloured, fairly sweet wine.
1975Daily Dispatch 20 Sept. 5More recently Hanepoot has found itself under the varietal name of Muscat d’Alexandrie as a premium table wine.
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