El Escocés Volante, the Flying Scotsman, is
the winemaking company set up by Norrel and refers not only to his
itinerant lifestyle making wine across Spain but his journey
to get to Spain!
Norrel embarked on a journey to become a winemaker, which
involved passing the Master of Wine exams and then the
well-respected winemaking course at New Zealand's Lincoln
Having worked in every aspect of the wine world, in both the
Northern and Southern Hemisphere, Norrel now works hand in hand
with local growers in Calatayud to source old vine blocks of
exceptional quality to make wines with real character.
You only have to see the landscape and these old bush vines to
be swept away by the romanticism of a Scotsman making cutting-edge
wines in this central region of Aragón. This is the heart of
Garnacha country where Norrel, who is a self-confessed Garnachista,
realised the tremendous potential of this varietal in this
His Scottish determination, coupled with the rigour of the
climate, low rainfall and high diurnal temperatures during the
ripening period result in lower yields and higher quality
His wines are very singular and fully express the terroir from
which they hail. "'La Multa Garnacha' and 'Manga del Brujo' are
grown on clay soils over chalk subsoils located at an altitude of
700 to 800 metres in the Ribota Valley, in the northwest of
the DO. The red clays on chalk produce a brawny, full-bodied,
mature Garnacha, with hints of red berries, cherries and plums.
'El Puño Garnacha' hails from the sub-region of
the Jiloca Valley, at an altitude of 850-1010
metres. It is the deep slate soils that make this wine stand out
due to its minerality, refinement and texture.