Alabaster, Toro, Teso la Monja, 2010

  Teso la Monja

A 100% Tinta de Toro from pre-Phylloxera vines that yields a mere 10hl/ha. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in new French oak vats and then is racked into new French oak barriques where it spends an average 18 months. Surely one of Spain’s top wines, remarkably intense, sophisticated and multi-layered. The wine tastes so impressive in its youth but there is nonetheless the feeling that only the surface is being scratched here. This offers a stunning array of flavours, including red and black cherry, brambles and cream, blueberries, sloe and hints of wild strawberry – these beautiful fruit characteristics are married to a strong mineral dimension together with notes of earth, spice and stone. All of this whilst remaining long, bright lively and refined. A legend.

Contains Sulphites.

About Teso la Monja

Having sold their Termanthia estate in 2007, the Eguren family could not resist the call of Toro for long and identified a prime estate with parcels of old vines, some pre-phylloxera,scattered around Toro, Zamora, Valdefinjas and Villabuena del Puente. The young parcels are 15-30 years old and go into the Almirez, the 45 year plus vines are reserved for Alabaster and Victorino. The vineyards are treated with typical Eguren care and attention, everything is hand picked into small boxes to avoid crushing, yields are tiny (between 10-20 hl/ha) and ageing takes place in french oak barrels. The result is a stunning set of wines of great intensity, charm and purity. They are every bit as concentrated as their predecessors with a finer, more subtle quality to them.

Appellation: Toro

Up and coming region in Spain with the potential produce some of Spain's most glorious red wines. To the west of Ribera del Duero, a similar style of wine is created but perhaps with less tannin but