Teso La Monja

Teso la Monja

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Toro

Location

Valdefinjas and Toro.

Varietal

100% Tinta de Toro

Vineyards

Year(s) Planted

1885

Viticulture

Head trained, ungrafted, pre-phylloxeric vines. Environmentally integrated agriculture. Employing viticulture that respects the biorhythms of the plant and vineyard. Exclusively manual harvest with a rigorous selection of hand harvested grapes in the vineyard. An absolutely magical, unique, and ancient vineyard. Vineyards of this quality and authenticity are absolutely rare, but can be found in D.O. Toro. The oldest, most tradition clones of Tempranillo in the world.

Soils

Predominantly sandy clay soils with a limestone subsoil. The surface is intermixed with rounded stones that retain heat and radiate during the cool nights, helping the grapes achieve full ripeness. The Eguren family was intrigued by this vineyard due to its uniquely high limestone content compared to other Toro vineyards.

Climate

Continental steppe climate, with drastic temperature swings between day and night. The climate is also very dry – annual rainfall levels reach 350 liters/m2, less than half of Rioja and much less than Ribera del Duero.

Winemaking

A team of fifty people destemmed the grapes by hand, berry by berry. Temperature controlled fermentation in open top wooden vats. Manual crushing of the 25-50 cm of grapes on the surface of the maceration. This process takes place three to four times per day for 1.5 hours, and yields 35-45% crushed grapes. The wine is transferred to the Ovum, a special egg shaped large barrel from Taransaud maison. This shape of this barrel complies with the golden rule and divine ratio, and its incredibly high quality results in a silky, elegant, and integrated wine.

Aging

24 months, at least, in three new Bordeaux fine grained French oak barrels

Comments

The sole focus of this entire process is to preserve and ensure the original character of these unique Tinta de Toro grapes, whose singular expressions is created and fostered by the equally unique terroir from which they originate. Following the philosophy of the family and their origins as viticulturists, Teso la Monja is crafted with the ultimate respect for Tinta de Toro in mind. Spain's oldest clone of the Tempranillo grape, Tinta de Toro is planted in the most traditional way in D.O. Toro, and the Eguren family honors and respects the history of this noble grape with Teso la Monja.