Matsu El Picaro


Picaro means ‘rogue’ or ‘rascal’. I have always called it the young lad, as they also have ‘El Recio’ (the middle aged man) which is Matsu’s idea for a reserva wine and the Gran Reserva, ‘El Viejo’ (old man just in case you didn’t know). Bodegas Matsu is situated in the Toro region, right beside the Rueda region (known for the famous Verdejos). Toro wines are predominantly made of Tinta de Toro (tempranillo in this area of Spain) and are well known to be a mouthful of strength and personality due to its poor soil and hot summers. These vines in particular are 90 years old and are cultivated using the biodynamic techniques. Although the more conventional wines of this region are quite sharp, Matsu’s wine range has achieved smoothness and elegance. Additionally, the clever thinking behind the labels means that they cater to a wide audience. I would recommend this red any day of the week.


Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines

Colour Great robe and purplish colour
Nose Intense aroma where you can discover dark fruits such as blackberries and blueberries. Mineral notes also appear, giving freshness and complexity
Palate Fruitful sensations dominate again, fleshy, provided by the maturity of the grape it belongs from

Fact Sheet

Size 75 cl
Grape Variety 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)
Alcohol % 14.5%
Style Full bodied
Estate/Producer Bodegas Matsu
Country Spain
Region Toro
Vintage 2021
Vinification Fermentation takes place in concrete tanks, the temperature does not exceed 24ºC to maintain freshness in the fruit that characterizes this wine.Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels, once complete, it is neither filtered nor clarified, trying to preserve its natural features.Finally El Pícaro spends three months in wooden barrels.
Closure Natural Cork
Cellaring/Ageing Potential Drink now with ageing potential up to 5 years


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