El Escoces Volante is 'The Flying Scotsman', Norrel Robertson MW the first Scottish Master of Wine and a flying winemaker for more than 20 years in many different countries. In 2003 he arrived with his family in Spain and in 2004 he launched his first wine on the market with the aim of expressing the characteristics of the Garnacha in Calatayud in his wines. Since the 1990s he has gained experience working in different countries, Italy, Portugal, Australia, France, Chile and Australia.
Norrel is a buyer of grapes but is increasingly working with his own vineyards planted to Garnacha Tinto, Carignan, Macabeo and Garnacha Blanca. These are all at very high altitudes of 700-1,000m where summers are extremely hot and winters bitterly cold, especially with winds howling down from the Pyrenees to the north. The combination of climate and old vineyards produces wines rich in flavour but beautifully fresh. Having made wines for Waitrose and many bars and restaurants across the UK, Norrel understands the importance of texture, flavour and drinkability. But his vast knowledge of the worlds' finest wines allows him to frame his own wines with fabulous balance and length, and a poise that can be rare in this part of Spain.
Grapes were hand picked into 20kg cases between the 14th to 16th October from the single estate of ʻFinca del Valʼ, 950 metres altitude, from two 1 hectare parcels of Syrah on ʻcantosʼ or pudding stones. Grapes were stored at 1-2 degrees C for 48 hours in a cool room before gentle crushing and cold soak for a further 10 days. The must was then warmed and fermentation commenced with punch downs and pigeage. 2017 was the first vintage we opted to ferment 50% of the cuvée in open large barrels to achieve earlier integration of oak and an austere lees style. Half way through fermentation of the Syrah, Viognier skins were added to aid colour stability and to add glycerol, perfume and complexity to the wine.
Intense with light purple border. Cassis and cigar aromas on the nose with hints of flowers, violets and black olives. Full and creamy on the palate with intense notes of black fruit, well integrated oak and a long and creamy finish.
Grapes: 98% Syrah/2% Viognier