This wine is where Matic has let his passion show. The juice and skins are aged together for 200+ days in a clay amfora, just as the ancients did. The wine is bottled unfiltered, direct from the clay vessel to the bottle, and as such presents with a cloudy deep lemon or orange hue. Upon first nose you’ll find apple or even cider notes to this wine. Given time to breathe the nose will open with lemon, orange blossom, honeysuckle notes and after longer even dries roses. On the palate the wine is dry with a fresh streak of acidity. Because of the aging with the grape skins there’s a slight tannic element to this wine, while reminding you of flavors from orange zest, sweet flowers, and green apple. The long finish leaves you with a pleasant dry feeling and remnants of peach. This is what you’ll want to open when you’re ready to start the party.
Coming from the predominantly white wine region of Štajerska, the extreme northeastern portion of Slovenia (near the borders with Austia and Hungary), MATIC WINES is Matija Žerjav, known simply as Matic to his friends and family. Matic chooses to farm his 9 hectares of land using all organic and biodynamic methods. He prefers these methods less because of the fashion of natural and organic winemaking and more because he firmly believes this is how wine should be made. He wants his children to be able to play in the vineyard and someday, should they choose, he would be happy to see them follow in his footsteps and farm the same land, hills, and valleys which he farms.
Matic is a young, motivated, and thoughtful winemaker. He is part of a younger generation of winemakers not satisfied with the status-quo. While he understands and respects the history and methods passed down from his grandfather, he is also not afraid to take chances and think outside the box. In a region known for their steely fresh white wines, Matic thought to produce a single barrels each of Chardonnay, Laški Rizling, and Riesling. His work paid off as those wines sold out very quickly. He’s also begun experimenting with skin-contact wines and aging wines in clay amphora rather than the traditional steel or wood. We’re excited to see where this ideas lead him.
But Matic also produces a beautiful line of floral yet crisp white wines, his Classic Line of wines. He produces a beautifully succulent and grassy Sauvignon Blanc. This wine falls on the opposite side of the spectrum from the intense citrus bombs of New Zealand. Additionally, he has focused on wine varieties native to the area, such as: Kerner, Šipon (also known in Hungary as Furmint) and Pinot Gris.