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Matyšák is one of the largest wine producers in Slovakia. It’s a brand that you are sure to come across if you visit the country. The winemaking facilities are located in the Lesser Carpathian wine region, where they source grapes from the area in addition to South Slovakia. Matyšák also owns a hotel/restaurant in downtown Bratislava.
Tibor Vittek, the founder of Vinko.sk, took us to the restaurant for dinner. During the evening we sampled the reserve wines of Matyšák. Dining at the restaurant was the perfect finish to our two-week stint through the wine regions of Slovakia.
Three of the five wines that we tasted were based on Sylvaner. The grape was brought to the Small Carpathian region by Germans where it has found a second home. After tasting the wines, we became believers too. For such a neutral grape, Matyšák has done a wonderful job coaxing the flavors out of Sylvaner, making for expressive whites. Matyšák Sylvaner wines are exciting, full of flavor, and food-friendly.
- Matyšák Prestige Gold Silvánske Zelené 2015
The Matyšák Prestige Gold Silvánske Zelené is made with Sylvaner from the Small Carpathian region. It’s full of lemon, baked apple, and yogurt flavors. The body is round, full, and full of flavors. Rich fruit with bright acidity. For such a neutral grape, this wine really shines. 4.0/5
- Matyšák Sylvaner Limited Edition 2013
The Matyšák Sylvaner Limited edition is made from grapes infected with noble rot and aged in large oak casks. Notes of honey, slate, white peach, lemon, and minerals emerge from the glass. It’s full-bodied and round on the palate. The noble rot and mineral interplay adds to the complexity on the finish. An extraordinary effort for such a neutral grape. 4.3/5
- Matyšák Silvánske Zelené Slamové Vino (Straw Wine) 2015
The Matyšák Silvánske Zelené is a straw wine (dried berries). It’s rich sweet wine with white raisin, dried apricot, lemon, and fig flavors. This is luscious and velvety on the palate where dried fruits take center stage. The acidity cleans off the palate and keeps the wine fresh. With years in the bottle, this should continue to develop layers of complexity. 4.2/5
- Matyšák Sekt Brut 2012
The Matyšák Sekt Brut 2012 is a méthode traditionelle vintage sparkler. It is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Meunier with green apple, white pear, and smoke flavors. The wine has a nice amount of toast flavors, high acidity, and nice mouthfeel. It’s not creamy and full, like Champagne but it’s still very enjoyable with a fine bead of bubbles. This is the best sparkling wine we tasted during our two weeks in Slovakia. 4.2/5
- Matyšák Cabernet Franc Limited Edition 2011
This is rich and dense Cabernet Franc. The Matyšák Cabernet Franc Limited Edition is made of fruit sourced from the South Slovakia wine region. The wine has flavors of black olive, black cherry, violets, sweet cedar, and tobacco. The wine is bigger bodied for Cabernet Franc but never feels overly jammy/fruity. It’s round and silky on the palate with chewy tannins. 4.2/5
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