Usana wines can be found on Klein Welmoed farm outside of Stellenbosch. It is owned by brothers J. P and Pierre Winshaw. Usana is a Xhosa word meaning ‘a new beginning’ or ‘a baby’. Klein Welmoed farm is 300 ha and 70 ha of that was used to produce about 25000 bottles in a year.
Cultivar: Pinot Gris (100%)
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
In the Vineyards: All the grapes came from a block on our farm, Klein Welmoed in Stellenbosch. All the vineyards are trellised. All grapes are harvested by hand in individual bins in optimal conditions to ensure true quality from beginning to end.
In the Cellar: We do whole bunch press. This wine was whole bunch pressed. It was then naturally fermented in predominantly (70%) older French oak barrels with the remainder ageing in a fermentation egg. It spent around 7 months on the lees. The wine was later blended before bottling.
Analysis: Alcohol: 14 %; Residual Sugar: 1.9 g/l; Total acidity: 4.8 g/l; pH: 3.33
Ageing Potential: We believe this wine will age well. Drinking well now but should age well of the next 5 years in the bottles.
Serving suggestions: It has good depth and Pinot Gris is very versatile with food. Made to pair with foods that are slightly richer on the palate like pork, seared salmon and duck.
Origin of the Name: Our great grandfather, Dr. William Charles Winshaw was born in the USA. He ran away from home when he was 12 years old. During his travels, he met Lieutenant McGuiness who was purchasing mules and horses for Queen Victoria’s horses based in South Africa. He couldn’t resist seeing another continent and later travelled with and cared for the mules on their trip to South Africa.
Production: A small production of 1000 bottles was produced.