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2014 Elefante Blanco (Macabeo, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc)

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It's an eclectic blend this one, though that is also part of the appeal, let alone the joy of having a comical elephant on the label... Anyways, this Spanish white marries up a fruit salad of varieties in a quest for crisp flavours and texture, with the very Spanish grapes Macabeo and Verdelho coupled with the very un-Spanish Sauvignon Blanc. The net result has character, texture and flavour all in a simple, yet interesting style.

Winemaker's Notes

Varietal: 55% Macabeo, 30% Verdelho, 15% Sauvignon Blanc

Ca​stilla La Mancha: The vast, high and dry plains of Castilla la Mancha comprise over 50% of Spain’s vineyards. The ancient soils and high altitude ensures the richly flavoured fruit maintains structure and tannin. Vineyards planted on the slopes of mountain ranges in the north and north east adds elegance to the wines.

Winemaking: A core of Macabeo provides rich depth of flavour balanced by the cooler climate Viura sourced from Rioja. Verdejo adds fresh aromatics and minerality. A fast and precise vinification with fruit hand harvested in the early morning is followed by fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel preventing malo-lactic fermentation. Aged on lees for three months in tank.

2014 Vintage: Despite the fireworks elsewhere, 2014 was a relatively trouble free vintage in La Mancha with regular but not excessive rain events and sufficient sunlight hours during ripening. As is so often the case in cooler vintages in warmer climates, the white wines of 2014 are of outstanding quality with beautiful aromatics and acidity.

Tasting notes: A elegant vintage for Elefante Blanco, focussing on lifted aromatics and purity of flavours. Aromas of exotic tropical and stone fruits are followed by a crisp fresh palate with delicate passionfruit and white peach flavours matched by bright mineral acidity. Drink well chilled with a wide range of seafood.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2014 Elefante Blanco (Macabeo, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc)

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
This fun little Spaniard strikes a refreshing harmony between vibrant, fragrant citrus fruits and a softly textural mouthfeel akin to grapefruit pith. It's a harmonious and appealing blend led by fifty percent verdejo, a little more than previous vintages, injecting more lime zest, gooseberry and guava aromatics. Forty percent macabeo helps build texture, while a touch of sauvignon blanc keeps things crisp and fresh. This new vintage is due to land next month, so get ready to stock the fridge for emergency quaffing.
2013
Wine Taste Special Edition 108
91
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Sales of this sassy little Spanish white blend have gone ballistic in Oz over the past year and it’s not hard to see why. It’s tangy and textural, with a dry, structured finish of impressive control. More generous and fruity in the warm, dry 2011 season, it’s taken on notes of passionfruit, greengage plum, nashi pear and grapefruit. The high altitude of Castilla La Mancha keeps everything under control.
2012-2013
Wine Taste Edition 94
90
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
It’s about time I mentioned the Elefante in the room. I can’t believe this is possible: A blend from 20 yo vines in the cool heights of Spain’s Castilla La Mancha .. Zesty preserved lemon, crunchy pear, lively honeydew with a long finish and a masterful tough of phenolic grip.
Wine Taste
91
Campbell Mattinson (2010 Vintage) says
It’s grown on (average) 20 year old vines at over 500 metres above sea level in the La Mancha region of Spain. It’s made with a mix of macabeo, viura, verdejo and sauvignon blanc – a classic ‘field blend style’. And isn’t it great to see a chewy, briney white selling at pittance or quaffing rates? Glory be. It boasts lifted aromatics. Stonefruits and brine. And at every turn it comes across as highly textural. Accordingly it’s tight through the finish – phenolic and grippy. It has lift and fruit and yet it tastes old world. Tastes cool. The Aussie winemakers who think they’re at the vanguard of savoury, drinkable styles need to taste this snappy little number. And note its price too. Bowled me over with how good it tasted.
The Winefront
90
Regan Drew (2010 Vintage) says
This blend of Macabeo, Verdejo, Viura with a 'dash of Sauvignon Blanc' is unlike any other white blend I've had at this price.
Smells a little austere/stony first up, but with a little work some lemony sherbet notes evolve. There's a hint of 'cleanliness' about it, but that's just the youthfulness of non-oak winemaking. A clean front palate finishing to some lovely sour fruits, I found a sweetness with the tip of my tongue pressed between my front/top gums and back of my top lip. There's some pear and some gooseberry herbals (from the SB?) and some lovely tart lemony citrus.
Incredibly refreshing, easy drinking that makes you say "ooooh, that's different." Tops.
Dec 2011
88

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