2014 El Escoces Volante

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Based in the dynamic Calatayud in north-east Spain, Scotsman Norrel Robertson is one of only two Master of Wines living in the country and has been highlighted by Jancis Robinson as one of this up-and-coming region’s “top producers”. He clearly has a rebellious streak, dedicating himself to saving Spain’s old vines, maturing his wines in egg-shaped concrete vats and often choosing to ferment outside the appellation, resulting in some being sold without an appellation of origin. If that doesn’t make his El Escocés VolanteThe Flying Scotsman – tiny production wines intriguing enough, then there is the phenomenal points-to-price ratio

 

The following three wines from 2014 have received 93-94 points from Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez, which considering that they come in at under £15 per bottle in bond makes them a compelling buy.

 

Manda Huevos (a cheeky Spanish expression of disbelief but also a play on Norrel's use of egg-shaped containers) is a "very good" Grenache blend in its red guise and in white it is a Chablis-inspired Macabeo blend which "should age nicely in bottle" according to Luis Guttierez

 

Dos Dedos de Frente (a Spanish phrase that might mean someone is dumb as a post or a smart cookie depending on the context) is a single vineyard Syrah, co-fermented with Viognier in a Côte-Rôtie style.

 

Despite the winemaker's obvious sense of humour and adventure, Wine Advocate’s tasting notes below make it clear that these are very serious wines…

El Escoces Volante 2014 Calatayud Spain Dos Dedos de Frente Syrah Viognier Manda Huevos Blanco White Carramainas Macabeo Grenache Tinto Red Cana Andrea Grenache Moristel Bobal Norrel Robertson MW