6 Bottle Mixed Case showcasing our range of Grenache based Spanish Reds and a Rose from North East Spain, including the exciting regions of Priorat, Montsant and Calatuyud
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.
Priorat, one of Spain’s most inspiring red wines, is made in an isolated zone in Catalunya inland from Tarragona that is one of the country’s only two to qualify as a DOCA. Vinicola del Priorat is the only cooperative in Priorat, founded by 140 farmer-producers based in the four beautiful villages of El Lloar, La Vilella Baixa, La Vilella Alta and Gratallop. They work over 300 small plots of land on very steep slate slopes that can exceed 30% gradient. Some plots are over 100 years old, producing a very low yield per vine of only about a 1kg of grapes. Mas dels Frares offers fantastic value
Montsant - A little village of 400 people hidden in the hills of Catalan countryside inland from Tarragona, life in which revolves around its co-operative. Growing olives, a little cereal but mostly grapes with around 220 hectares of vineyard Capçanes, the Montsant DO almost certainly has more old vine Garnacha than the whole of 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.
Case includes one of each:
Vinicola del Priorat, Mas Dels Frares, Priorat, Spain - Grenache based red from the legendary Priorat - rich with ripe red fruits and power
Celler de Capçanes, Mas Donis Rosat, DO Montsant, Spain - Delightful pink from DO Montsant - our wine of the summer
Celler de Capçanes, Mas Collet, DO Montsant, Spain - A mini-Priorat, from the neighbouring DO - fruit driven and luscious
Celler de Capçanes, Mas Donis Negre, DO Montsant, Spain - Very well made Tempranillo based wine from the prestigious Celler de Capçanes co-op
El Escocés Volante, La Multa Old Vine Garnacha, DO Calatayud, Spain - Fruit driven 100% Grenache red from a Scottish Master of Wine based in Calatayud, Spain
El Escocés Volante, Manga del Brujo Garnacha, Shiraz, Tempranillo, DO Calatayud, Spain - Complex and smoky Grenache blend from a Scottish Master of Wine based in Calatayud, Spain