Manga del Brujo Garnacha, Bodega San Gregorio, Calatayud
- Full bodied with smoky black fruits and cracked pepper, cherry and toast.
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- Calatayuds geography looks like something off a Spaghetti western, almost unworldly but there is nothing extra terrestrial about this superb, rich, concentrated red from Scots winemaker Norrel Robertson MW (who worked with Theo in Oddbins Fine Wine). Supple, elegant but burly at the same time thats the wine rather than the winemaker Manga del Brujo is testament to the potential of this long overlooked region.
Manga del Brujo begins as bush vine grapes in the slate studded Jiloca valley at 2,600 feet above sea level. The wild mountain herbs amongst the vineyards give rise to the distinctive varietal aromas and garrigue character in the wine. The Syrah was destemmed but not crushed to give a high proportion of whole berry fruit. This in turn was cold soaked until a wild fermentation ensued after which the must was inoculated with a wild Rhone yeast strain. Fermentation proceed at 28 celsius and the wine was pressed off using only free run juice. Malo took place in tank and 50% in new and used French and American oak. The meticulously sourced 100 year old bush vine Garnacha was destemmed, crushed and inoculated with several Rhone yeasts. Temperature controlled fermentation commenced and lasted 7 days with pumpovers and delistage for color and tannin extraction followed by a short maceration. The free run wine underwent malo in tank. The Tempranillo received similar treatment as the Garnacha followed by full malolactic fermentation in tank and 50% in barrel.
- Silver Medal Winner IWC 2009
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