El Escocés Volante, Spain
Norrel also owns a little patch of land, high up in the rugged landscape of Calatayud, where he tends to gnarly, old Garnacha vines in poor mineral soils: poetic symbolism for this rebellious Scotsman who won’t be tamed. To look at his labels is to realise his irreverence for the local law. With his wild winemaking techniques, Norrel is making his mark on this region with raw, fantastically assertive Garnacha wines.
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 region.
- Wines which show the sens of the place that they come from.