If you love France’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape, then head to the Spanish region of Calatayud, where you’ll also find incredible reds starring Grenache (aka Garnacha). This ancient-vine example by Norrel Robertson (one of only 340 Masters of Wine in the world), scored 94 Points from leading Spanish wine guide Guía Peñín. The Wine Advocate was also blown away, and gave it this Châteauneuf-sounding tasting note:
“Fruit-driven, but with an extra dimension of complexity, red fruit, licorice, fennel and Mediterranean herbs. … supple and tasty. At this price level, this is superb. Great value.” – 91 Points, The Wine Advocate
Manga del Brujo is a classic Châteauneuf blend of hand-harvested Grenache (70 percent) and Syrah (15 percent), with splashes of local Tempranillo and Cariñena. 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.
With big scores and a small price, this will fly out of our cellar door – hurry for your share.