stein, noun

Forms:
Also steine, and with initial capital.
Origin:
GermanShow more Unknown; perhaps alteration of steen, or from German Steinwein a dry white wine produced in the Steinmantel vineyards near Würzburg, Bavaria.
Note:
Used interchangeably with the word steen by some.
1. In full stein wine: a style of blended, semi-sweet, fruity, white wine, often containing steen grapes; cf. steen sense 1. Also attributive. See also Cape wine.
1797 Lady A. Barnard S. Afr. Century Ago (1910) 115‘Lord bless me, what fine wine this is!’ said he; ‘I have not tasted a glass such as this since I came here.’ I then found, on asking, that it was Steine wine, a cheap Cape wine, which Mr. Barnard had not liked, and had ordered for common use in the household.
1844 J.S. Little S. Afr.: Sketch Bk I. 111These gentlemen produce, beside the brand Constantia, Pontac — (the only wine which owes its red colour to the pulp and juice of the grape, the other purple wines were so tinted by allowing the skins to remain during fermentation) — Red Constantia, Frontignac, White Constantia, dry Sherry, Stein Wine, and Hock.
1966 H. Beck Meet Cape Wines (2nd ed.) 45Of the white wines those which are most in the public eye are the rieslings and the steins...The tendency today is to develop the rieslings into dry wines and the steins into semi-sweet, but that is merely a tendency. There are a number of semi-sweet rieslings and some dry steins.
1973 Beeton & Dorner in Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. Vol.4 No.2, 55Stein,..Semi-sweet S Afr wine produced fr the grapes of vines orig introduced fr Germany.
1977 Fair Lady 8 JuneServe with..Stein, a fragrant, smooth, semi-sweet white wine.
1982 S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 22Stein wines are generally light and delicate, combining the delicacy of Riesling with the soft dryness of Sancerre.
1982 M. Beazley Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Bk 174Stein, Name used for any medium dry white wine.
1986 Style Mar. 22Thoughts of making wine in any but the German way were hygenically filtered out, and the entire industry was regimented into a boom of stainless steel tanks. Even fermentation wasn’t allowed to do its thing but had to be, as in Germany, cold. Little wonder Stein and Steen became interchangeable...White wine rules, OK.
1988 D. Hughes et al. Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine 330Stein, Should not be confused with the cultivar Steen and its wine, though Steen, otherwise known as Chenin Blanc, is normally the basis of the local Stein wines. The name applies specifically to the style in which the wine is made, being semi-sweet.., and with a fruity flavour.
2. steen sense 2. Also attributive.
1952 C.L. Leipoldt 300 Yrs of Cape Wine 204Stein, another old and favourite variety,..is very susceptible to oidium, but makes a far better wine than Green Grape.
1969 Entertaining with Wines of Cape (K.W.V.) 11White table wines from the Cape are dry, semi-dry or semi-sweet...They are made chiefly from Riesling, Stein,..and Clairette Blanche grapes.
c1970 Pickstone’s Catal.Chenel (Stein x St Emilion). This cross was made at Elsenburg and a very good quality white table wine is made from it. It is very similar to Stein in all respects except that the bunches are larger, it ripens a little later and does much better in the hotter inland wine growing areas.
1975 S. Afr. Panorama Mar.South Africa has types of grape which are peculiar to this country...In the field of white wines, Stein is a mutation, possibly, of a Sauvignon Blanc, and, like Pinotage, grows only in South Africa. It makes an outstanding wine, fuller than the delicate Riesling. It has no connection with the German Stein wines.
1982 S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 22The stein grape has long been regarded as one of the few to have originated in South Africa, possibly a mutation of the Sauvignon Blanc, but definitely peculiar to South Africa and a grape with a great taste, producing wine of good quality...More recently, its descent has been traced to Chenin Blanc.
a style of blended, semi-sweet, fruity, white wine, often containing steen grapes;
steen2. Also attributive.
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