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Elefante (La Mancha) Tempranillo Shiraz Magnum

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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

Please note: This Magnum, unlike its 750ml version is cork sealed.

Bold and bright, with new world fruit richness matched by old world complexity and tannins. A deep, dark red colour is followed by a lifted nose packed with red berry and spice. 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.

Wine of the Week - The economic reality is that many other countries can produce good wines more cheaply than we can in Australia.

This is a case in point: a terrific savoury quaffing Spanish red blend that won't break the bank. Bright and lively, but also well put together, this is a soft, ripe red with plenty of flavour and excellent balance. It doesn't merit detailed tasting notes - it is a "midweek" wine best enjoyed with family and friends but none the less enjoyable for that.
‘Wine of the Week’ Winsor Dobbin

Fourth Wave gave me a sneak peak at this over-achieving quaffer from Castillo La Mancha a few weeks back but I was slack and forgot to write a tasting note. There’s a bit of a change in the percentages of the blend in 2010 but one thing that has not changed is the absolute value for money. Nicely smoky cherry and raspberry fruit, a good mix between savoury and sweet too, with a good deal of Tempranillo to pan out the structure. It’s as generous as a paella pan overflowing with flavour, has a silky red fruit palate and some dried herb character. Ends with keen acids that keep it perky but it’s the smooth tannins that impress making for a seamless drink at the price.
Patrick Haddock; Wining Pom

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Elefante (La Mancha) Tempranillo Shiraz Magnum

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Campbell Mattinson (2010 Vintage) says
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.
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.

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