To produce the Manga del Brujo El Escocés Volante, a careful fermentation at a controlled temperature was carried out. The collaboration of trained New World winemakers and local knowledge have produced a full-bodied and distinctive Rhone blend that marries the Old and New World in terms of style but with a leaning towards a more meaty and structured wine. The key to this wine is the long time spent working with the fine lees to achieve length and complexity.
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.
Norrel Robertson is the El Escocés Volante owner, a master of wine con consulting and making wine around the world. Norrel owns a little patch of land, high up in the rugged landscape of Calatayud, where he tends to gnarly, old Garnacha vines in poor mineral soils: poetic symbolism for this rebellious Scotsman who won’t be tamed. To look at his labels is to realise his irreverence for the local law. With his wild winemaking techniques, Norrel is making his mark on this region with raw, fantastically assertive Garnacha wines. Having worked in every aspect of the wine world, in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, Norrel now works hand in hand with local growers in Calatayud to source old vine blocks of exceptional quality to make wines with real character. You only have to see the landscape and these old bush vines to be swept away by the romanticism of a Scotsman making cutting-edge wines in this central region of Aragón. This is the heart of Garnacha country where Norrel, who is a self-confessed Garnachista, realised the tremendous potential of this varietal in this region.