2022 Matassa 'Olla Rouge'
Olla Rouge is a blend of red and white (and gris - which is a mix between red/white), and is a juicy little number. Chill this darling just a touch - this is a wine to drink on its own but would also be brilliant with...let's be honest, most food. The red/white/gris makes it a chameleon you wouldn't want to miss. VERY tiny quantities.
Tom Lubbe is a New Zealander who grew up in South Africa. In the late 90’s, Tom was working at the only estate in South Africa using indigenous yeasts and lower yields. He helped innovate and shape the wine scene in South Africa and forged the space for winemakers like Craig Hawkins (Testalonga) whom spent several vintages working with Tom to flourish. - Lo-Fi Wines.
'I first came across Matassa in London whilst working for a restaurant famed for it's wine list and familial connections to a very well known Master of Wine, sometime in 2015. It was one of the first 'natural' producers I had ever tried, and it totally blew my mind. Then, to my delight, when I started working at St. JOHN a few years later, I discovered that my boss tasted the very first vintage of Tom's and since then they had always imported a small amount each year from him. The stories told are many, and not suitable for here - but Matassa has always had a big place in my heart for being my first proper minimal intervention wine. <3 ' - Miriam
Where: Roussillon, France
What: 60% Grenache Noir, 20% Grenache Gris and 20% Macabeu
How: Friday afternoon, outside in the shade. A wine to complement excellent conversation. Or a good old gossip.