Elefante Primero Tempranillo (12pk)
|Categories for this Product:||
Region: Manchuela -Castilla La Mancha
Soil: Limestone / Marl / Sandstone
Elevation: 510 - 610m
Age: 25 - 30 years
Pruning: Un-trellised “Gobelet” bush vines
Grape Variety: 92% Tempranillo 8% Garnacha
Winemaker: Javier Murua
Pack Size: 12 Bottle Pack
Castilla 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 add a degree of elegance to the wines.
Winemaking: Totally de-stemmed with a short cold soak before a long, cool fermentation with daily pump - overs to achieve optimum fruit and colour. The core of the blend was aged in stainless steel before six months maturation in seasoned French and American oak. A component of up to twenty percent Rioja Tempranillo aged in French oak is added to the blend three months before bottling.
2017 Vintage: 2017 was a year with significantly less volume of grapes available due to tougher growing conditions. Some producers losing up to 50% compared to the year prior through lack of water, some higher temperatures and frost early in the season. The wines that have been made however have been remarkable in their intensity of flavour, very deep colour and ripe, polished tannins. Less wine available this year but what is there is very good.
Tasting Note: The nose is opulently fruited with an a depth of dark berry aromas, sweet spice and pepper. The palate is bright and expressive with a burst of mouth-filling ripe berry flavours with varietal cherry cola and smoked spice before supple tannins and subtle oak provide definition to the impressively long finish.