Coming from the predominantly white wine region of Štajerska, the extreme northeastern portion of Slovenia (near the borders with Austria and Hungary), Matic Wines is Matija Žerjav, know 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 barrel each of Chardonnay and Laški Rizling. His work paid off as the wines sold out very quickly. He’s also begun experimenting with skin-contact wines and ageing wines in clay amphora rather than the traditional steel or wood. We’re excited to see where these ideas lead him. Very selective hand-harvest in the early morning so that we have cold grapes for preserving the aromas. Gently destemmed and 48-hour skin contact. Grapes are then pressed and this pure grape juice transferred to tanks, after nature sedimentation. Fermentation in stainless steel with wild yeast to maximize the fruit character. Moved from tank to bottle, by gravity, then fermentation continues in the bottle and wine become naturally sparkling. Making that wine is a funky piece of winemaking. It is artisanal style of winemaking. Matic Wines Mea Pet Nat 2018 has touches of yellow apple, hints of fresh orange and pear. This pet nat is fresh with meadow herbs, it has a really well-integrated acidity and an elegant lemony minerality. This wine is really where Matic let loose! His personality is all over this wine – a little funky, and when you dig deep enough, dead serious. Please be warned, it’s very lively!!