Olla Rouge 2019, Matassa (Roussillon, France)

Olla Rouge 2019, Matassa (Roussillon, France)

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Grapes: Grenache Noir, Syrah, Grenache Gris
Style: Red
ABV: 12%
Production: Natural
Any added sulphites: No
Filtered: No
Size: 75cl

This is a vibrant, aromatic bottling from Domaine Matassa. A lighter-medium bodied red with crystal-clear acidity, though not overrun by it. Loads of red fruit with easy, chalky tannins, a somber masterpiece.

A blend of 60% Grenache Noir, 20% Syrah, 20% Grenache Gris hand-harvested from 60-80 year-old vines grown in Argile calcaire soils. The grapes undergo whole-cluster co-fermentation in closed tanks so as to avoid over-extraction over the course of 6 days before pressing. Élevage lasts 6 months in concrete tanks before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, with no additional SO2.

Tom Lubbe is a New Zealander who grew up in South Africa who then ended up founding iconoclastic and influential Domaine Matassa in the Roussillon. After working in South African wineries, he landed in the Catalan village of Calce, interning at Domaine Gauby. After three years, Tom founded his own estate in the area, focusing on the traditional local varietals and some very old (60-120 year-old) vineyards. The emphasis is on Carignan, Grenache, Macabeu, and Grenache Gris. The terroir is mostly composed of schist and marl, with a small vineyard planted to granitic soil. Production and farming is all natural and biodynamic, and the vineyards are certified organic by Ecocert. The old vines and difficult terroir guarantee low yields and small production, with great emphasis on concentration and minerality.