Sometimes a wine is all about showcasing a variety’s character, sometimes the spotlight goes to a specific plot of land that (some will argue) is the main responsible for its uniqueness.
On other occasions, it will be the realisation of a vision. This triangle of raw material, provenance and human intervention overlaps, and when the right fruit from a well chosen site is transformed by the right person, the result is more than the sum of its parts.
Gran Volante 2016 is a Spanish blend of Garnacha, Alicante Bouschet, Monastrell and Tempranillo, made by Norrel Robertson MW, who also signs the celebrated Portuguese Porta 6. Norrel is known as “El Escocés Volante” (The Flying Scotsman) and since 2003, he has produced wines from different parts of Spain.
This bottle’s name is a nod to his own nickname and a full bodied, big red, hence the “Gran.”
It’s balanced and vibrant, with ripe fruit dominating on nose and palate. Blackberry preserve, dried cranberries and kirsch, along with a subtle smokey and toasted cocoa note combine for an harmonious and rich wine of moderate tannins and acidity.
It’s smooth and versatile, one to try if you enjoy Malbec from Mendoza or young Rioja. Accompany with cured meats and mature cheese, or with steak.
Gran Volante 2016 is available at O’Briens Wine at €14.95.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.