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Elefante (La Mancha) Tempranillo Shiraz

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What a delicious cheeky Spanish red this is - sourced from La Mancha it couples Shiraz with Tempranillo to make for a medium bodied, savoury yet still quite juicy sort of red that is purpose built for chorizo consumption. It's hardly a complex red, nor is it very deep but it does pack plenty of Spanish pleasure in.

Winemaker's Notes

Bold and bright, with new world fruit richness matched by old world complexity and tannins. 

Appearance: A deep, dark red.

Nose: A lifted nose packed with red berry and spice.

Palate: The palate is impressively ripe and structured without a hint of greenness. A swirling array of flavours flow from initial supple red berries and liquorice to herbal notes and savoury complexity. Oak influences are in the background but provide structure and definition.


Reviews and Accolades

Super value – again – with this wine from Spain’s central plateau, the home of literary hero Don Quixote. Wet stones, plum, raspberry and spice – all very alluring aromas – lead to a smooth delivery that’s full of ripe, rich flavour – stewed plums, black olive and blackberry – all composed with juicy acid and light tannins. It’s easy drinking and will go well in summer by the barbecue. Tempranillo happily takes a light chill, so rest it on top of the ice and next to the beers.
4 Stars - Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review.

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Elefante (La Mancha) Tempranillo Shiraz

Expert Reviews

The Wine Front (2012 Vintage) says
The striking bottle with a bull on it, and an elephant in the name. Raspberry, cherry, red liquorice, plenty of dusty spice. Medium bodied, savoury and earthy, but with juicy red and black fruit pumping through, grunty chalky tannin and a pretty good finish. Over-delivers as per usual. - Gary Walsh.
The Wine Front 2014
90
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
I was privileged to taste the new vintage of Australia's number one selling Spanish red wine on the day of its release in Melbourne this week. It was immediately obvious why it's so popular, striking an even balance between primary berry fruits, dried herb complexity, finely textured tannins and high cocoa dark chocolate. Thirty percent shiraz injects black fruit character and supple roundness to tempranillo's red fruit backbone. A bargain for $10.
2013-2014
Wine Taste Special Edition 108
89
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (2011 Vintage) says
2011 Elefante Tempranillo Shiraz, La Mancha has fragrant blueberry fruit on the nose and good depth of dark furt flavours with a firm tannin balance. Forrestal was enthusiastic. "ripe. sweet fruit with a cherry cola. Power with finesse. Mulberry and blackcurrant flavours with food line and length, Rich, concentrated and full." The wine will be best enjoyed young, say over the next two years.
93
Campbell Mattinson (2010 Vintage) says
The 2009 was impressive and so too this 2010. Good way to spend $13. Extra marks for drinkability here.

Grainy tannin. Grunty fruit. Ripe but not sweet. Licorice, twisted herbs, a sense of polish, a bit of personality. Really, what more can you ask for? Price-wise this bats against the standard-issue Koonunga Shiraz; it would be easy to argue that it gives it a fair touch up. Distinctive peanut shell-like aftertaste. Bang on for drinkability. Buy.
89
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Hola authentic Spanish character at a teeny price! The high plains of Castilla la Mancha have been pepped up with fifteen percent barrel-matured Rioja tempranillo, making for a rustic style that carries an air of dried flowers, dried herbs and wild strawberries over a palate of finely integrated structure and persistent mulberry and dark chocolate flavours.
2012-2013
90
Campbell Mattinson (2009 Vintage) says
Expressive. Generous. Appealing. Lots of ticks in lots of boxes. It smells and tastes of musk, boysenberry, rich ripe cherries, earth and cedarwood. Very dry, chalky, sour-edged finish - in a positive sense. I could drink a lot of this wine. It has shape, structure, generousity and, even, personality.
The Winefront, Apr 2011
90
Regan Drew (2009 Vintage) says
With complexity well beyond it's price tag, this young red smells of plush dark blue/red fruits with licks of polished oak. A little herbal/cola/licorice on the medium bodied palate. Lingering spices, smooth oak and some velvet tannins for some good varietal/rusticity. Lovely drinking, pass the chorizo.
Dec 2011
87

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