Matassa Olla Blanc

Matassa Olla Blanc


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Vintage: 2022

Origin: Roussillion, France

Grapes: Muscat, Macabeu

Alcohol: 10.5%

A blend of Macabeu and Muscat, the vines are grown on high-iron limestone at an elevation of roughly 600 metres above sea level. Small concrete tanks (2,000l) are used to age Olla Blanc on its lees following careful destemming and spontaneous fermentation. This wine, like all others from Matassa, is made without the use of sulphur or any other additives; instead, the biodynamic work in the vineyard is highlighted and expertly carried out. Olla Blanc 2022 is the ideal introduction to Matassa's world of orange wines because it is incredibly fresh, energising, and tastes like an aromatic rainbow.

After working with the only estate in South Africa (Welgemeend) that championed indigenous yeasts and lower yields in the late ’90s, Tom came to Roussillon and interned at Domaine Gauby for several years to explore Mediterranean varieties and climate. During this time, Tom met his wife, who just so happens to be Gauby’s sister and together they started Matassa in 2003. Today most of the vineyards are 60-120 years old, co- planted with different varieties on schist & marl and yielding extremely low quantities. All the vineyards are worked naturally without any chemical aid; some biodynamic and plant preparations are used to activate and nourish the soil’s life.

Whites are whole bunch basket pressed, and reds are whole-bunch fermented with one pigéage in the beginning to get the juice out and the spontaneous fermentation started. They are usually pressed off half-way through fermentation and the sugar fermentation is finished in old demi- muid as well as large Austrian barrels where they also go through malolactic fermentation.

Due to the rarity and demand of Matassa wines no discounts can be applied to this wine