If you love France’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape, then head to the rugged Spanish region of Calatayud, where you’ll also find incredible reds starring Grenache (aka Garnacha).
Manga del Brujo was the first wine Norrel Robertson (a Master of Wine) ever made at his El Escocés Volante estate in Aragón. It’s been more than 10 years now, and not only has Manga del Brujo snapped up huge points and acclaim with each release (this 2014 boasts 94 points from Spain’s leading wine guide, El Guía Peñín AND 91 points from The Wine Advocate), it’s gained almost a cult-like following with wine fans all over the world. You’ll know why as soon as you taste it …
This is a classic Châteauneuf blend of hand-harvested Garnacha (70%) and Syrah (15%) – its Spanish accent comes from splashes of local Tempranillo (10%) and Mazuelo (5%). After a cool fermentation, it was aged for 15 months in cement tanks (to preserve the fruit character); half the wine was then barrel aged for a further six months to add extra complexity.
Look for waves of dark berry and black cherry aromas, plus inviting rosemary and thyme notes. The palate is velvety smooth, with more ripe dark fruits. Hints of black pepper and licorice round out the long, smooth finish.
With big scores and a small price, this will fly out of our cellar door – hurry for your share.