Bodegas Matsu, 'El Viejo', Toro
'The Old One' of the Matsu range, both on the label but also from the vines which are an average of 110 years old. Planted before the Easter Rising and the first World War. Isn't that just amazing? Matsu means 'wait' in Japanese, and boy oh boy, what a wait!
Generally, older vines make for lower yields of fruit, and greater concentration and complexity. And it really shows here.
In 2005, Matsu found themselves among the largest number of centenary and pre-phylloxera vineyards they had ever seen, with sandy soils perfect for the vine and an ideal continental climate to prevent the onset of diseases. All these conditions have led to the maintenance of ancestral viticulture, based on respect for natural, biodynamic rhythms.
Sandy soils and a high level of granitic rocks are the characteristics of these vineyards that the Matsu owners have collected and that they source from growers that they have worked with since 2005. Aged for 16 months in new French oak barrels.
It's a dense and rich wine that is loaded full of rich cherry, bramble and vanilla, lavender and violet notes. History in a bottle.
- Mature Cheeses
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