Pablo Matallana/Vinicola Taro Pet Nat 2019
Pablo Matallana is a young, forward-thinking winemaker based on the Canary island of Tenerife. Through organic viticulture and thoughtful winemaking, Pablo seeks to showcase different grape varieties and the unique terroir of the Canaries. Pablo studied enology at the highly respected Polytechnic University of Valencia, and after graduation he worked in both Chile and Priorat before returning to Tenerife to pursue his own project. He made his first wine in 2015 from a recuperated old vineyard in Tenerife. In 2018, he bottled his first wines from neighboring Lanzarote under the name Vinícola Taro. Taro is named for the small stone structures within vineyards where growers take shade and shelter.
Pet Nat is made from old-vine Malvasía and Diego grown in zanjas in a vineyard named “La Florida” located in central Lanzarote. The grapes were hand-harvested on August 1st, destemmed and pressed into steel tank, where they underwent a cold soak to settle and rack off the must (solids) before native yeast fermentation in tank, and bottled just before fermentation ended (ancestral method). The wine was bottle conditioned for 9 months and disgorged the following May.