El Carner 2023

*Limited to one bottle per customer*

A wine that means ‘ram’ in the traditional Catalan language. It’s a wine for the adventurous - for the dreamers and the darers. With a wild soul of mountain herbs, orange rind and earth, one sip of this will transport you to a place in which wild rams roam and rare indigenous flowers bloom.

It is a blend of Grenache Gris and Macabeu from a 0.5-hectare parcel of vines planted on a soil of lime, clay, and slate, surrounded by garrigue (wild herbs such as thyme and lavender).

Whole bunches were macerated together in a 1000-litre amphora, where fermentation occurred naturally. It was aged for a further eight months in the same amphora, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.



Winemaker: Matassa

Farming: Biodynamic

Region: Roussillon

Vintage: 2023

Grapes: Grenache Gris, Macabeu

Colour: Red

ABV: 10.5%

Size: 75 cL


Behind the Bottle


After working with the only estate in South Africa (Welgemeend) that championed indigenous yeasts and lower yields in the late ’90s, Tom came to Roussillon and interned at Domaine Gauby for several years to explore Mediterranean varieties and climate. During this time, Tom met his wife, who just so happens to be Gauby’s sister and together they started Matassa in 2003. Fast forward today, Tom and Nathalie farm 20 hectares of different white & red varieties (Macabeu, Grenache Gris, Muscat d’Alexandrie, Muscat à petits grains, Carignan, Lledoner Pelut, Mourvèdre and Grenache) divided in various vineyards around the village of Calce and Espira-de-l’Agly where they now have settled with their estate ...