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 (his 2013 boasts 93 points from Spain’s leading wine guide, El Guía Peñín), 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.
As for what to expect in the glass, we’ll leave you with The Wine Advocate’s Châteauneuf-sounding tasting note, awarded to the previous vintage (and spot-on for the rich 2013):
“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
With big scores and a small price, this will fly out of our cellar door – hurry for your share.