£36.65/ 0.75 L btl
Wine Victorino 2018
Victorino is an iconic wine, one of those that breaks the mould and draws new horizons for Spanish wine. In present times, producing an elegant wine is no easy feat; there are some powerful wines around, but how many powerful as well as elegant wines spring to mind? That's exactly where Victorino scores most highly, on balance; it has it all: plenty of powerfulness, yes, but a huge amount of elegance too.
The grapes used in its production originate from 35 hectares of ungrafted vineyards which are between 70 and 100 years old, cultivated under the precepts of organic agriculture in the towns of Toro, Villabuena del Puente and Valdefinjas. In their sandy soils, impenetrable for phylloxera, there's a mix of both gravel and pebbles offering excellent drainage; in the subsoil it's the clay, combined with some seams of limestone, that takes care of the water reserves.
Once harvested, the fruit is taken to the winery to be destalked and pressed. Fermentation takes place by means of yeasts picked up from the actual vineyard and the post-fermentation maceration lasts for about 20 days, aiming for a substantial extraction. The wine undergoes not only malolactic fermentation but also subsequent ageing in new French oak barrels, whose spicy aromas are elegantly incorporated.
Behind the cork of every bottle of Victorino surges black fruit, mature and concentrated, as befits a great Zamora red. Its palate is generous and profound, rugged and juicy at the same time, having fine-grained tannins with a coating of jam and liquorice. It conveys an earthy sensation, of graphite and sand, along with an intense fruitiness that brings to mind cherries and very ripe black plums. The woody and spicy balsamic hints are obvious, but always come through from behind the omnipresent fruit. A vibrant acidity successfully keeps the whole ensemble alive and catapults it to levels of excitement reserved only for the most select of wines.
Veal stew / Vegetable casseroles / Game stews / Idiazabal cheese
- Vine age:Between 45 and 100 years
- Soil:Clay sand / Pebbles
- Yields:Low yields
- Ageing period:20 months
- Barrel age:New
- Type of wood:French oak
- ViewPicota cherry red / Opaque
- Bouquet:Red fruit / Toasty notes / Black fruit / Floral notes / Chocolate / Spices
- Mouth:Structured / Long / Fine tannins / Profound / deep / Strong tannins
- Optimum serving temperature:Between 14ºC and 16ºC
- Decanting:Aeration is recommended
Excelente vinho cheio de estrutura, bom corpo, vinho muito ricoby: Edo Wachters (26 Feb) - Vintage 2018
Teso La Monja Victorino
A full bodied Toro made of 100% Tinto de Toro (Tempranillo), offering lots of black fruit, mineral, cacao and some spice. Long aftertaste. Great wine!by: André H. Hofman (12/12/2020) - Vintage 2018
Still a bit robust!
Like the Almirez 2018, I can taste the potential of a very tasty nice wine, but it is still a bit robust just now. I think it should be left for a couple of years to fully flourish.by: Patxi (17/12/2020) - Vintage 2018
Potencia y finura
Un vino que al inicio es potente pero según pasa el tiempo se convierte en finura.by: Txarlazo (27/07/2020) - Vintage 2017
Magnifico vino que conjuga potencia y elegancia de forma maestra, tal y como nos demuestran los Eguren alla donde van. Resulta muy expresivo, con la fruta madura, dulce y golosa en primer termino, bien complementada por los cacaos y toffes aportados por una impecable madera.
Wine from Teso La Monja
The Eguren family, originally from La Rioja, discovered Toro and has stayed with it, persuaded by the land’s potential and by the Tinta de Toro, a grape with great structure, able to convey the minerality of the soils but with a strong character that needs understanding and “taming”. Marcos Eguren understands it perfectly and proved this with the wines of his first project in the region, Numanthia Termes, powerful wines, always subtle and elegant. Teso La Monja possesses mor...