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Elefante Tempranillo Shiraz 2011

Elefante is a range of modern Spanish wines created by Riojan winemaker Javier Murua. Sourced from Castilla la Mancha, each wine is crafted with a contemporary philosophy, delivering rich and approachable fruit-driven flavours that capture the passion and excitement of the Spanish culture.
Castilla la Mancha, the setting of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote, is the spiritual heart of Spain. The rugged plains are dotted with windmills, olive groves and historic cities. The region’s famed cuisine is highlighted by Manchego cheese and full bodied wines.

Has fragrant blueberry fruit on the nose and good depth of dark fruit flavours with a firm tannin balance. Forrestal was enthusiastic "ripe, sweet fruit with cherry cola. Power with finesse. Mulberry and black-currant flavours with good line and length. Rich, concentrated and full. Rating: 93 Points; Huon Hooke, Peter Bourne, Peter Forrestal, Nick Bullied and Ian Cook, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

Leather, coal and chocolate – three ingredients which could likely be the makings of a pretty hot night in. You can take it out though too – it’s stylish and swishes with blackberry and dark cherry fruit neatly packed into its medium bodied frame.  Some dried herb complexity tapers in some fruit sweetness. Refreshing acid balance and food friendly grainy tannin offers the option to drink with, or without, dinner. Or maybe just a little snack? We’re having a bit of fun here I think, which is pretty much what it’s all about. At the price, a dead set bargain. Rating: 90 Points; Drink by: 2013-2017; Price: $14; Date Tasted: June 2013; Alcohol: 14%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front