MANGA DEL BRUJO
Varietals: Garnacha 65%, Syrah 15%, Tempranillo
Winemaker: Norrel Robertson
Total Production: 2,000 cases (9lt cases)
Color: Deep purple with ruby rim
Nose: Black fruits, cracked pepper, smoke & toast
Palate: Deep black fruit and cherrys. Full bodied with firm tannins
Finish: Long, smoky and toasty
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%
TA: 6.5 g/l
Tannin: 0.1g/l vr supra tannin
WINEMAKER: Norrel Robertson, MW
Norrel spent the past five years in Calatayud searching out individual
blocks of fruit in order to produce a wine of massive intensity.
Calatayud offers one of the most unique areas in Spain for old vine
Grenache and is set to follow Priorat as a cutting edge region for
Grenache based wines and world class winemaking. 2006 is the second
vintage of this predominately Grenache/Syrah blend. The Grenache
was carefully sourced from only the highest elevation slate vineyards
in the Jiloca valley. Yield from the 70-100 year old bush vines
did not exceed 20 hl/acre. The Tempranillo was hand harvested from
25 year old vines on two selected parcels.
Norrel feels that the fruit from these sites offers great tannic
structure and inerality. This select fruit combined with careful
temperature controlled fermentation and use of French and American
oak barrels with high toast has delivered a distinctive full-bodied
Rhone blend. In his words “Manga del Brujo is designed to
be a serious wine with a style and structure suited to fine food”.
Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 90+ Points.
Issue # 175, Feb 2008
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