Tom Lubbe of Domaine Matassa, Roussillon, France
Before Tom founded Matassa his family owned and ran a small winery called The Observatory Cellars in the early 2000s. Based on the Paardeberg, Swartland Tom worked with mainly old vines, dry land and bush vine Syrah and Chenin – you’ll all agree he made some ground breaking wines! After Tom traveled to the Catalan village of Calce, interning at Domaine Gauby, Tom then went on to start his own estate in the area, focusing on the traditional local varietals and working with some exceptional old (60-120 year-old) vineyards: and so Matassa was born. 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. The old vines and difficult terroir guarantee low yields and small production, with great emphasis on concentration and minerality. Tom is coming back to the Swartland! Swartland Heritage at its finest!