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Rollaball 2020


A Wine That

ranks very high among our favourite cuvées from the Roussillon. It's a wine that seamlessly blends joy, seriousness and temptation in a single sip. Think ripe rhubarb stems dancing on a bed of crushed mint, pepper and a hint of lemon verbena. It's a bottle featuring pure perfection for an evening to wind down. Please drink responsibly.

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  • Winemaker: Matassa
Rollaball - 2020













Black Marl



Where and How?

Rollaball is a light take on Carignan and Mourvèdre grapes that are pressed and aged until spring time in the following year. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered and without the addition of sulphur.

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) 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 bulls*t.

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