#196 Usana ‘The Runaway’ Pinot Gris 2020 (Winshaw Wines)
00:00 – INTRO
00:32 – USANA FARMING AND WINSHAW WINES
01:01 – WHAT DOES USANA MEAN?
01:13 – CHATEAU LIBERTAS AND THE WINSHAW FAMILY HISTORY
01:38 – A GLOBAL SNAPSHOT OF PINOT GRIS
02:40 – PINOT GRIS IN SOUTH AFRICA
04:03 – WHAT DOES THE USANA PINOT GRIS SMELL LIKE?
04:21 – HOW WAS THE USANA RUNAWAY PINOT GRIS VINIFIED?
04:45 – WHAT DOES THE USANA PINOT GRIS TASTE LIKE?
05:20 – SUMMARY
Usana Farming is a project launched by the Winshaw Brothers on Klein Welmoed Farm, situated South West of Stellenbosch Central. It deals mostly with chickens…and cows…and wines. It can all be a little confusing because the farm has one name – Klein Welmoed, which doesn’t appear on the front label. “Usana” is writ large on the label, but it refers to what is – as I’ve said – is mostly about meat production. Finally, “Winshaw Wines” does appear on the bottle, but it’s written in very small font, and seems like a bit of an afterthought; even though this wine is undoubtedly produced by Winshaw Brothers (JP and Pierre).
👃🏼 The nose carries a lovely mix of up-front fruit (orange melon, green pear, queen pineapple) and a more savoury flinty, stoney gravelly element. Which makes for intriguing sniffing.
👄 The mouthfeel is moderately weighted, with that pleasingly reductive riverstone element following through onto the palate. The fruit elements are ripe-but-delicate with notes of sponspek (orange melon) and green pear, closed out by a tart sort green apple candy and sherbet thing popping up on the tail.
🔬 100% Pinot Gris from Stellenbosch. Whole-bunch pressed. Fermented predominantly in Stainless Steel, using native yeasts. Some old oak and concrete eggs also used for fermentation.
You can read more about the history of the Winshaw Family, and how they’re connected to the famed Chateau Libertas here.
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