Now in the Roussillon of France,New Zealander Tom Lubbe grew up in South Africa and spent the 90's working at the only estate opting for lower yields and native yeast at the time. With an interest in working with Mediterranean varietals and on the advice of his then employer at Welgemeend,Tom secured an internship at the legendary Domaine Gauby. Asked to return for three consecutive vintages,Tom obliged and eventually married Gerard Gauby's sister with whom he now has multiple children.
With steep vineyards planted to traditional Catalan varietals,Tom's vineyards are farmed organically with biodynamic techniques followed by winemaking rooted in simplicity. His white wines are whole-cluster basket-pressed with limited sulphur used after malolcatic fermentation,with aging in the especially large 'demi-muid' (oak barrel).
While Matassa wines are typically named after their 'lieu-dit' (small/local geographical area),the Cuvee Marguerite honors his wife's grandmother,one of last people to speak Catalan as her first language.