Norrel, born and raised in Scotland, moved to Spain in 2003 as winemaker for International Wine Services (a role that later became the inspiration for his brand El Escocés Volante - The Flying Scotsman).
He quickly fell in love with the old garnacha vineyards around the villages of Villarroya de la Sierra and Cervera de la Cañada, and has over the years purchased 21 hectares of vines, many from locals, that he had to spend months negotiating with over many €1 glasses of wine in local bars!
He owns mainly garnacha between 45 - 110 years old, as well as some new plantings. Viticulture is sustainable and organic and certification is being worked towards over the coming years. He is also involved in winemaking projects in Galicia, Murcia and Valencia
Tasting: Made by Scotsman Norrel Robertson, El Escocés Volante – The Flying Scotsman – in the north of Aragón. Juicy and earth blueberry fruit shines through due to being un-oaked, this is backed by bright cassis and bramble fruits, plush texture and fresh acidity.
Tasting: ‘The Fist’ shows lovely balance between texture, ripe fruit, minerality and fine acidity. An opulent nose of tangerine peel and fig blossoms lead way to rich greengage, fleshy nashi pear, citrus and mineral undertones.
Tasting: Made by Scotsman Norrel Robertson, El Escocés Volante – The Flying Scotsman – in the north of Aragón. El Puño – The Fist – can definitely be described as punchy! Light bodied, bursting with vibrancy, concentrated old bush vine fruit delivers flavours of fresh red cherries, juniper berries, and intense notes of the wild bush herbs that grow in Norrel’s vineyards.
Bodega: El Escocés Volante
Aging: Old French oak followed by 24 months in subterranean concrete tanks