El Escocés Volante, Manga del Brujo Garnacha, Shiraz, Tempranillo, DO Calatayud, Spain 2018

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Superb Grenache blend from Scottish Master of Wine based in Calatayud, Spain.

Grenache (spanish Garnacha) was until recently reviled or at best ignored in much of the world, but it is the grape chiefly responsible for two of the world's most celebrated reds, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Priorat.

El Escocés Volante (The Flying Scotsman) is the winery run by Norrel Robertson MW, who touched down with his family in Spain in 2003 and released his first wine in 2004 (Manga del Brujo). Norrel has been making wine in Spain for over 14 years and is currently one of three Master of Wines living in Spain. He was born and raised in Scotland. Norrel works hand in hand with local growers in Calatayud to source old vine blocks of exceptional quality to make wines with real character.

Manga del Brujo begins as bush vine grapes in the slate studded Jiloca valley at 2,600 feet above sea level. The wild mountain herbs amongst the vineyards give rise to the distinctive varietal aromas and garrigue character in the wine.

Careful temperature controlled fermentation and the collaboration of New World trained winemakers and local knowledge has produced a full bodied, distinctive Rhone blend which marries the Old and New World in terms of style but with a slant towards a meatier, more structured wine. The key to this wine is the long time spent working with the fine lees to obtain length and complexity.

Tasting Note: Deep purple with ruby red rim. Pronounced aromas of black fruits, cracked pepper, smoke and toast. Full bodied with well balanced tannins. The palate displays dense black fruits, cherries with a long smoky/toasty finish. Mineral and complex.

Critics: Jancis Robinson 16/20 (2015)

Garnacha/Grenache (70%), Syrah (15%), Tempranillo (10%), Mazuelo 5%