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El Escoces Volante Manga del Brujo 2017


  • Region: DO Calatayud
  • Grape: 70% Garnacha; 15% Syrah; 10% Tempranillo; 5% Mazuelo
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Awards/Accolades: 16 Points: Jancis Robinson MW Purple Pages, 90 Points Robert Parker; Wine Advocate, 93 points Guia Penin 2015; Independent Spanish Wine Guide
  • Good to know: Organic, Vegan

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Tasting Notes

Manga del Brujo has a complex, rich, spicy damson and plum nose with hints of garrigue and chocolate. These are followed by rich strawberry, plum fruit flavours and pepper notes. This is a big wine which is superbly concentrated, elegant and yet burly at the same time! 5 months in oak barrel has given this intensely flavoured wine a perfect balance and great length. Hand-picked grapes from selected, very low-yield old vines give this wine it’s very special character. A delicious blend of Garnacha, Syrah with a touch of Tempranillo and Mazuelo; it is very much like a Rhone Valley red wine like Vacqueras or even Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

This wine is made from bush vine grapes grown in the limestone and slate soils of the Jiloca Valley at nearly 800 metres above sea level. The wild herbs amongst the vineyards give rise to the distinctive garrigue aromas in this Rhone-like red. Made by El Escoces Volante (aka The Flying Scotsman) Norrel Robertson MW who just loves the unsung Garnacha grape.  He has worked with Bodega San Gregorio over the last 17 years with specific old Garnacha vines.

After his first degree at Aberdeen University, Norrel decided he wanted to know more about wine. He worked throughout the world in all aspects of growing and making wine which included taking a degree course in viticulture and oenology in New Zealand and achieving his Master of Wine (MW) qualification. Norrel decided he would settle in Spain where he was impressed by the quality of the Garnacha old vines in Calatayud, in the hills near Zaragoza. He now makes wine all over Spain, hence his name of El Escoces Volante, which means the “Flying Scotsman”, albeit he is usually driving his not-so-new car!

Check out our competitive price for this wine; some Independents sell at £14.99!

Norrel gives unusual names too all his wines; this time it is “Manga del Brujo”, which means the sorcerer’s sleeve! Year on year it receives high ratings in Guia Penin, an independent Wine Guide in Spain. See also his great value, younger red called “La Multa” the fine!  We have recently moved onto the 2017 vintage which has terrific fruit and is ready to drink. This wine receives consistently great reviews; this is worth discovering!

“Nose shows ripe black fruit, a herbal character and a touch of sweet spices. On the palate it is richly flavoured, the tannins are really concentrated and it has a rounded delineation. It is powerful and intense; solid body and freshness.  2015 vintage – Drink 2018 – 2022  16 Points: Jancis Robinson MW Purple Pages.

“Fresh with bright red berry, fleshy blackberry and savoury herb flavours, supple, full-bodied and lip-smacking delicious. Produced from 75% Old Vines Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo.” Manga del Brujo 2017 Natalie Maclean 90/100  Canada

“A flamboyant wine from Spain, the Manga Del Brujo 2017 delivers fresh aromas of roasted plum, prune, pink grapefruit, black tea, leather and pie crust.  the wine is rich and full-bodied, with a seductive balance and a round finish. Palate: cherry, dried strawberry, black pepper, crushed almond, vanilla and oak.” Christian Marcoux 90/100 Canada; October 2020