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Characteristics of Teso la Monja
Teso la Monja is a red wine produced by the winery Teso la Monja, in Valdefinjas (Zamora), within D.O. Toro.
The winery Teso La Monja was founded in 2007 by the Eguren family, a family that originated in La Rioja and that has a great wine tradition (Sierra Cantabria).
In love with the old vineyards in the area, Miguel and Marcos Eguren founded the first winery in Toro, the famous Numanthia Termes winery. There, they produced one of the great Spanish wines of all time, Termanthia, with which they obtained a precious rating of 100 Parker points. In 2008, already with the foundations of Teso La Monja well settled down, they sold Numanthia Termes to the French group Louis Vuitton-Möet Hennessy.
Teso la Monja is located in the municipality of Valdefinjas, province of Zamora. The winery owns 92 hectares, and some of its vineyards are pre-phylloxera with over 130 years of age. The vineyards are subjected to a harsh continental climate, with very hot summers and very cold winters that mark the opulent character of its wines. The land is cultivated with respect for the surroundings and the environment, applying the minimum possible interventions when working on the land. They avoid using herbicides and systemic products.
They look for the natural balance of the vineyard, with small productions of between 1,000 and 2,000 kg/ha, and they achieve wines of maximum purity and identified with the terroir.
Teso la Monja is a red wine produced by the winery Tinta de Toro and which comes from a small 1.8-hectare vineyard. The pre-phylloxera vines are planted in vase-shape at an altitude of 775 metres, on soils with slight limestone veins. The cultivation of this exceptional vineyard is under the precepts of biodynamics, preserving the principle of minimal intervention to obtain the maximum character and identity of the terroir and the grape.
They are manually harvested and placed in small boxes. Once in the winery, and after going through a double selection table, the grapes are destemmed by hand, berry by berry, by a team of 55 people. After the stalks are separated from the berries, all the grapes are placed in a wooden vat. Here, once the alcoholic fermentation has started, 40% of these grapes are stomped manually (between 25-50 cm), an operation performed three times a day during a hour and half. After the alcoholic fermentation, the grapes go through the malolactic fermentation in a French oak Ovum, Taransaud. The ageing takes place in new French oak barrels of fine grain and medium toasting for 24 months.
Teso la Monja is a deep, complex wine, with power and elegance. On the nose, it is spectacular. It shows a perfect aromatic harmony, fruity character, with distinguished mineral notes and an evocative floral fragrance that is very elegant. In the mouth, it is intense and balanced. Its complex structure is refined by the freshness of red fruits, which give it agility and an eternal and overwhelming ending.
Teso la Monja is an extraordinary wine. An oenological gem that enhances Spanish viticulture.
Serve at 16ºC
Truffles, Large game, Steak tartare, Small game, Iberian ham
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.
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.
The winery Teso La Monja has become, despite its youth, one of the reference wineries in the area of Toro. And thanks to the Eguren family, this winery produces highly renowned wines with the traditional strength of the Toro wines but also providing a very fine and elegant palate, common denominator in the wines produced by this family.