Elefante Tempranillo Shiraz 2010

Posted: August 21, 2012 in Spain
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Elefante Tempranillo Shiraz 2010


Vintage: 2010


Style: Medium-full bodied red


Country: Spain 


Region: Castilla la Mancha




Overview: The strong Australian dollar has wreaked havoc on our attempts to export wine into other countries. On the other hand however, it has made it cheaper for distributors to export international wines to our own shores. As a result there are some great, reasonably priced international wines floating about at the moment and this wine is one of them. Elefante means elephant in Spanish, der, however the symbol for the Elefante wines is a bull. I’m not really sure what the meaning is there, perhaps something is lost in translation. Perhaps it’s some deep metaphor. Like this wine is so large like an elephant that it is a bull. I should write anecdotes for Buddhists. I really don’t know, I tried this wine when it was first launched in 2009 and while impressed by its value for money, the Elefante/Bull confused me, it still does. So much so, even as I write this I am perplexed. Someone please help me solve the Elefante/Bull code before my brain heads into a mess of trucks, horns and hooves.


Long story short, this wine is absurdly good for the price. Very funky packaging lets it jump off the shelf. From reading the wine making practices it seems some good quality fruit goes into these wines. The Tempranillo vines are ‘Goblet’ bush vines which are low yielding. Low yields= fruit intensity (in most cases).




Tasting note: Lifted cherry and white pepper on the nose. Flavour of cherry, spice and pepper at the forefront of the palate supported by grainy, chewy tannins. Not too rich and not too serious. Quite elegant and balanced




Final Say: Looking for a cheap crowd pleaser? Give this little blend a go. You can’t go wrong for $10-$12 a bottle.




Score: 16 out of 20




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Jack Davis


  1. Mel says:

    Elefante was an amazing bull that wowed crowds in the 19th century for his amazing bravery, he was so good infact they gave him a pardon to freedom.

  2. generalben says:

    Finally one you’ve reviewed that I have actually tried… problem is I really didn’t dig this wine. The white pepper and Tannins were a bit much for me.

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