Matassa Olla Rouge

Matassa Olla Rouge


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Vintage: 2022

Origin: Roussillion, France

Grapes: Grenache, Grenache Gris, Macabeu

Alcohol: 11.5%

Olla Rouge is Tom Lubbe's red entry-level cuvée, produced with exceptionally low yields (20 hl/ha) from very old vines grown on chalky, poor soil at 500–650 metres above sea level. The varieties included in the cuvée are Grenache, Grenache Gris, and Macabeu. Following a brief maceration period, Olla Rouge is carefully pressed, allowed to naturally ferment, and matured in concrete using native yeasts. Like all of Matassa's wines, this one is made without the use of sulphur or any other additives; instead, the skillful application of biodynamic farming is the main focus. A glou-glou natural wine with a twist, Olla Rouge is ideal for sharing!

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