Domaine Matassa is situated in the Pyrénée -Orientales region of Roussillon in southern France and has been run by New Zealander Tom Lubbe since its inception in 2003. There are 12 hectares of vines growing on granitic soil located around the village of Calce and everything is carried out strictly according to biodynamic principles. The farm chooses to focus on local indigenous grape varieties including Grenache Gris, Maccabeu, Lladonner Pelut (aka Grenache) and Carignan and elevage takes place in a mix of 500 litre and 228 litre oak barrels, of which only a third are new. This zesty and smoky white is a blend of 70% Grenache Gris and 30% Maccabeu and spends 18 months in large oak barrels before bottling.
A clear straw-yellow in the glass. On the nose, complex and nutty aromas with notes of ripe orchard fruits and a touch of sweet herbs. On the palate, minerally and dry with crisp citrus flavours and a pronounced acidity leading to a complex and lingering finish. Great food wine with fresh anchovies and sundried tomatoes and tapenade, veal with almonds and walnuts or tartiflette.