Inspired by Spain's largely untapped
fine wine resources, long term friends, colleagues and Masters of
Wine,Fergal Tynan and Giles Cooke set off on a journey to find
unsung heroes, be they growers or winemakers.
Drawing on a mutual love of history, Fergal's intense interest
in wine terroirs and Giles' instincts for flavour, they began to
unearth great wines whose stories were, thus far, untold.
Convinced by character, quality and authenticity and sceptical
of apathy and bureaucracy borne of tradition, Mago y Granjero seek
out exceptional Spanish wines capable of illuminating the
incredible potential of this vast and noble land.
Each wine is the result of a long journey. Each wine is hand
made. Each wine reflects the personality of the land and the subtle
imprint of man. Every wine is a wine of which we are proud.
Our First Journey
That Spain is the 2nd highest country in Europe is a
fact that has escaped the many who assume that Spain is all barren
plains and sun baked terraces. The central plateau (meseta) is home
to many of the countries most famous regions, where the grapes are
made to toil against the vicissitudes of both heat and extreme
We've always been fascinated by some of the lesser known areas
within Castile y Leon and longed to produce a wine that spoke more
of individual sites rather than of the esteem of one particular
In order to truly reflect these goals, we took the path less
trodden (as we are inclined to do) and decided that we would be
best served by making a wine that did not necessarily have to
comply with local D.O regulations and where we had complete freedom
to find the best fruit and make the best wine.
The results of our first journey are to be found in Cabrito
Oscuro. Meaning the "black goat", the name is a reflection of our
desire to break the mould, stand out from the pack and to take the
path less trodden. There is always a hidden meaning in much that we
do but for now we will keep this a secret.
We were helped on our first journey by revered winemaker Ana
Martin to whom we owe a great debt for her patience and advice in
finding the right sites and in making the wine with us.
Sourced from old vine, dry grown, bush vine Tempranillo grown in
a single vineyard in the D.O of Cigales, Cabrito Oscuro belies the
humble reputation of this area and reinforces the belief that many
ofSpain's best sites are still to become famous.
"Tiny yields and small berries make for potentially robust,
burly wines and while Cabrito Oscuro possesses a firm structure,
the fruit is balanced, pure and long. Oak is present, never
dominating and acts to "season" the fruit, coaxing layer upon layer
of complex flavours to flow."