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Characteristics of Matsu El Recio
Matsu El Recio is a red wine produced by the winery Matsu in D.O. Toro. This is a modern project that is committed to organic and biodynamic agriculture. Matsu El Recio is produced 100% from the variety Tinta de Toro. The grapes come from selected vineyards between 90 and 100 years old with a very limited production. For the cultivation of the vineyards they use biodynamic agriculture: following the cycles of nature, with very little intervention and avoiding the use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. In this sense, it is noteworthy that the sandy soils and the low humidity of the region mean that there is no need to use this kind of products. For its elaboration, the must ferments during 3 weeks in 15,000-kg deposits. After this, it goes through malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. In the same barrels, Matsu El Recio ages for 14 months. After this, the wine is not filtered and it is clarified avoiding aggressive processes, using only natural ones.
Serve at 15ºC
We recommend decanting before consumption
Grilled red meats, Wild pig, Fried eggs with ham, Rice with meat, Mature cheese, Roasts, Red meat with sauce, Large game
Matsu El Recio 2015 is a full-bodied, juicy wine. In this exceptional vintage marked by scarce rainfall, the wine has achieved a very good concentration. Aromas of black fruit combined with vanilla and a chocolate background. Powerful but silky in the mouth.
The vintage began with a rainy autumn and low temperatures that produced frost for days in a row in December. At the beginning of March, temperatures began to recover and at the beginning of April, the start of the growth cycle was already visible. Due to the persistence of high temperatures, the growth of the vines took place faster, bringing forward the flowering. In June, temperatures dropped but in July they increased significantly, causing the dehydration of some berries. In August and early September the weather evolved normally, until the arrival of the harvest.As a result, we have a year with wines of good body and acidity. Fluid wines in their youth and with a good ageing capacity.
The 2013 vintage, rated as a very good one, began in a complicated way. In the early spring, in April and May, temperatures were low and there were heavy rains, significantly delaying the start of the growth cycle. This resulted in late flowering and therefore later ripening. Before the harvest, there was a considerable amount of rain, which produced an interspersed harvest.After a cold and rainy year, the profile of the wines they have produced are less concentrated than usual. Fresher and with a good acidity.
SightDark ripe cherry colour with violet edges. Clean, bright and unctuous. A wine with uniform abundant tears which stain the glass.NoseNose with a high aromatic concentration and intensity. The toasted, spicy and smoked notes stand out on finer and subtler balsamic, mentholed and mineral nuances. After being oxygenated, some notes of very ripe fruit emerge with reminiscences of chocolate, cocoa and sweet spices.TasteA well-bodied, intense and fleshy wine with a powerful attack and a great structure. During the mid palate, the notes of fruit are more intense than in the nose. It shows an unctuous texture which makes it very pleasant. Long and very persistent finish with a spicy, vegetal, animal and mineral aftertaste. Powerful. It will improve with some time in the bottle.
SightDark ripe cherry colour with violet edges. Clean, bright and unctuous. A wine with uniform abundant tears which stain the glass.NoseNose with a high aromatic concentration and intensity. The toasted, spicy and smoked notes stand out on finer and subtler balsamic, mentholed and mineral nuances. After being oxygenated, some notes of very ripe fruit emerge with reminiscences of chocolate, cocoa and sweet spices.TasteAn well-bodied, intense and fleshy wine with a powerful attack and a great structure. During the mid palate, the notes of fruit are more intense than in the nose. It shows an unctuous texture which makes it very pleasant. Long and very persistent finish with a spicy, vegetal, animal and mineral aftertaste. Powerful. It will improve with some time in the bottle.
SightIntense, bright and deep cherry red colour with violet edges and a high layer. Slow-falling tears.NoseIts elegant smoked aromas, its animal hints, and some mineral notes surprise us on first nosing. When the wine opens up, an explossion of fleshy ripe black fruit is released along with cocoa, coffee, black spices and intense toasted aromas.TasteEven if it is very pleasant, El Recio is a powerful, very intense and full-bodied wine. It shows a silky mid palate with very expressive notes of fruit nuanced by the spices, the creamy notes and an intense mineral background. Structured wine with an excellent acidity and nice but still noticeable tannins. Long and very persistent finish with an intense toasted aftertaste.
Powerfull and robust, easy-drinking wine.
SightDark cherry colour with violet edges. Bright and with a thin glyceric tear.NoseThis wine takes some time to open up but once opened it shows a great intensity with notes of ripe black fruit along with strong chocolate and toasted aromas on an elegant mineral background.TastePowerful, intense and, at the same time, very enjoyable wine. It shows a silky and creamy palate, with lots of fruit and toasted notes, vanilla and minerals. Balanced wine with tannins (not yet completely polished) and a long, lingering aftertaste.
A surprising and robust Toro wine .
In Toro, the red wines are mainly made with the Tinta de Toro grape variety, planted on soils of fluvial origin by the influence of the Duero River and its tributaries, grown on poor, sandy and dry soils the further away you move from the river. Toro offers powerful wines, well bodied, flavourful, complex, and tannic. Although on a smaller scale, the region also produces white wines using the Verdejo and Malvasía varieties. Since the ´80’s, Toro has experienced a revival in its wines, thanks to a new generation of highly skilled winemakers and the installation of many big names in the region, such as Pintia, a winery belonging to the Vega Sicília group, or Teso la Monja, part of Sierra Cantabria.
In Japanese, Matsu means ‘to wait’. A concept that perfectly defines the philosophy of the winery: to wait for the grapes to ripen, to wait for nature to do its work, for the wine to mark the pace. Using century-old vines, between 80 and 100 years old, planted on very poor soils, cultivated according to the principles of biodynamic agriculture, and with the minimum possible intervention, the Matsu winery produces powerful wines, with personality, but providing a softness and elegance unusual in Toro wines.