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Romanissa 2018

£36.00

A Wine That

is named after the wild rosemary that grows amongst the vines, and it tastes like it too. Think strawberry juice with a wild side. Like all of the Matassa wines, the hallmark here is that of infectious energy: if Matassa was a band it’d be Jefferson Airplane.

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  • Winemaker: Tom Lubbe
Romanissa 2018 Wine LITTLEWINE
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France
Roussillon

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12%

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Red

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75cl

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15°C

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Biodynamic

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Red Schist

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Lledoner Pelut
Carignan

Where and How?

This cuvée comes from very old vines of Lledoner Pelut (a Catalan variant of Grenache) - some 130 years old - and a touch of Carignan. The vines are planted on red schist soils that are rich in iron. 

The whole bunches underwent a short four-day maceration, after which the wine fermented naturally in 500L old oak barrels. 

The Winemaker

… Boy meets girl in vineyard. Boy falls in love with girl as they catch one another’s gaze across the fermenting barrels. Sounds like a romance novel, right? Right. In reality, it wasn’t quite like that. Rather, the girl in question — Natalie, the daughter of Gérard Gauby whose domaine Tom was working at — impressed Tom by eating an eyeball right out of a sheep’s head (a South African tradition). Tom was smitten; it was the beginning of a beautiful Roussillon romance. Twenty years later, they have two children, a farm and a business together.⁣

Tom reminisces on his early days making wine in South Africa, saying,⁣

“I was able to get my first two vintages past the tasting regulation panels, so they could get sold. I guess nobody really took notice, they just thought it was some weird bulls*&t that would go away.” ⁣

Those couple of barrels of weird bulls*&t would actually end up kickstarting an entire movement—not just in South Africa, but across Europe—from Beziers to Vienna.⁣

So, it wasn’t some weird bulls*&t, and it didn't go away. Rather it’s about a simple and pure concept: organic farming, and fermented grape juice—without the bulls*&t.⁣

Read Tom's Story & Watch the Film

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