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Pontac, noun

Forms:
Also Pontack, Pontak, and with small initial.
Origin:
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.
1812 A. Plumptre tr. of H. 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.
1986 S. 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.
2. A red grape imported from France during the 18th century.
1880 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 222The only grape at the Cape which produces red juice is the Pontac.
1990 Excellence Vol.6 No.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.
A sweet or dry red wine similar to port, made of the Pontac grape. Also attributive.
A red grape imported from France during the 18th century.

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