Who makes it?
Matsu ‘El Viejo‘ is one of Vintae’s label. Vintae is a family run wine business which also owns Hacienda Lopez de Haro and Bardos amongst others. El Viejo sports just as stylish a label like the other three in the line up. This one features a gorgeous face that has seen so many experiences, just like the century old, biodynamic vines that has made this Tempranillo. Although, on the back label you will also see this variety referred to by its local name – Tinta de Toro.
Toro is one of the lesser known regions in the Spanish area of Castilla y Leon.
How they make it?
The region is noted for its altitude (620 – 750 m) and its sunshine. This wine is undoubtedly ripe. The El Viejo has been manual harvested and after fermentation, the wine matured in 100% new French oak barrels for 16 months. This has further enriched the already concentrated and densely coloured grapes from these low yielding, old vines.
What does it taste like?
The purple hue in this wine is vibrant and youthful. This brightness continues through to the palate. It is rich and full bodied bold red wine, yet still sits on the fruity side. Fresh plum, vanilla, cinnamon and smoked toastiness moves as a block of intense flavour to finish with a spiciness. It is on the warm side, which adds lift to the fragrance but it is noticeable and therefore, I recommend this wine with food.
What to drink with it?
A wine like this needs a flavourful dish. Something like a homemade beef or venison pie with a flaky puff pastry crust. Or a classic juicy steak with spiced and herby baked potatoes.
A aged cheese such as cheddar, comte or manchego.
Quickie review « A big bold red wine with a rich oak backbone from an emerging region of Spain. »
Country of Origin: Toro DO, Spain
Tasting Date: November 2020
Price: UK £29
Drink: now -3 years
Needs food: yes
If you liked Matsu ‘El Viejo, why not try Hacienda Lopez de Haro Blanco Rioja & Bardos Romantica? Two more of Vintae’s wines.
See Bodega Matsu & Vintae for more.