Hermitage, noun

Origin:
See quotation 1988.
obsolescent
A local name, especially formerly, for the Cinsault (or Cinsaut) grape. See also pinotage sense 1.
Note:
In the wine-making industry the name ‘Cinsaut’ has been used for this cultivar since 1973 (see quotation 1988).
c1911 S. Playne Cape Col. 202The vines..are chiefly Muscatel, Haanepoort, and Pontac, Green Grape and Hermitage.
1992 P. Devereux in Sunday Times 29 Mar. (Mag. Sect.) 6Pinotage..was invented here in 1925 by crossing two red grapes, Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Hermitage is today correctly called Cinsaut).
A local name, especially formerly, for the Cinsault (or Cinsaut) grape.

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