This section is from the book "The Fruit Manual: Containing The Descriptions And Synonyms Of The Fruits And Fruit Trees Of Great Britain", by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual.
Bunches, large, long, and tapering, well shouldered, and with a short, stout stalk. Berry-stalks, short, stout, and warted. Berries, large, oval, or oblong, even in size. Skin, tough and membranous, but not thick and coarse, quite black, and covered with a fine bloom. Flesh, greenish or opaline, tender, juicy, rich, and with an appreciable Frontignan flavour, though not so marked as in the Frontignans and Muscats.
A very excellent grape, of the greatest merit. It ripens in an ordinary vinery without fire heat, if necessary, but like all grapes is improved by the use of it. Some have failed in growing it properly by subjecting it to too high a temperature. In seasons when the autumn is cold and wet, the house in which Madresfield Court is grown should be slightly heated, otherwise the berries are very apt to mould and rot.
It was raised by Mr. William Cox, gardener to Earl Beauchamp, at Madresfield Court, Worcestershire, by hybridising Muscat of Alexandria with Morocco. It was awarded a first-class certificate by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1868.
Bunches, large, loose, and broadly shouldered. Berries, upwards of an inch long, and about an inch wide; oval. Skin, thin, greenish white, covered with thin grey bloom. Flesh, thin and watery, without any flavour.
This is an early grape, and ripens in an ordinary vinery. Its only recommendation is the size of the bunches, which may be grown to weigh four pounds.
Bunches, medium sized, cylindrical, occasionally with a small shoulder, and very compact. Berries, large and perfectly round, on short, stout, slightly warted green berry-stalks. Skin, quite black, covered with a thin blue bloom, and marked with a distinct style-point. Flesh, very firm and crackling, juicy, brisk, sugary, and rich, with a fine Muscat flavour.
This is one of the finest of all the Black Frontignans, and it succeeds well in an ordinary vinery.
Bunches, very large and shouldered; thickly set. Berries, very large, round, inclining to oblate, and hammered. Skin, thin and tender, deep black, covered with blue bloom. Flesh, very solid, tender, and melting; very juicy, sweet, richly flavoured, and vinous.
A noble grape of first-rate quality, having the appearance of the Dutch Hamburgh with the quality of the Black Hamburgh. The plant is easily distinguished by the pale yellowish green and sickly appearance of its foliage, which has the flaccid look as if the plant were flagging. See Black Champion.
Miller Grape. See Miller's Burgundy.