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.
This is a single vineyard wine made to be a white Burgundy analogue for Norrel's wife Sharon to drink at home. Whole bunches of white grapes hand-picked from the old single vineyard of Carramainas situated at 900 metres above sea level in the Sierra de la Virgen, foothills in the Sistema Ibérico ( Iberian mountain system in Aragón). Whole-bunched pressed, to achieve purity and freshness, fermentation then takes place in 900 litre egg-shaped fermenters using only the free-run juice. The wine then spends 10 months on lees with batonage before bottling with minimal filtration.