Matt Ridgway (originally f rom Jamie’s home town of Sherborne in Dorset) & his wife Ana Cattan run La Despensa, a ref reshingly unconventional, boutique winery (in the truest sense of the word) inspired by Matt’s love of the Rhone.
A hedonistic blend of Grenache, Syrah & Mourvèdre plus an additional dollop of Marselan – although this also can’t be declared as it’s not a permitted variety in the DO. All the fruit is from Matt’s own, organic vineyard and is co- fermented only using native yeasts. The vines were planted simply because he grew up loving these varieties in French wines and winemakers love making wine they want to enjoy themselves. It’s then aged in his homemade concrete tank for 10 months before bottling. Marselan is added just after malolactic fermentation, as we saw it gave a bit of an extra kick in structure and colour to the wine. Wine are bottled and aged for a further six months before release, so the wine is refined but still fresh. A great and more economical alternative for people who love the full bodied wines of South Rhone.