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Manga del Brujo Blanco 2018
Calatayud DO, Spain

The Fountainhead (1949)
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This luscious white was made as an homage to a local architect, so pair it with a film about an idealistic architect (Gary Cooper) who battles both corrupt business interests and his love for a married woman (Patricia Neal). The screenplay was written by none other than the original novel’s author, Ayn Rand, and director King Vidor had actually contacted Frank Lloyd Wright to commission the designs for the film. That plan fell through, and production designer Edward Carrere was ultimately responsible for the look of the film.

THE WINE

The red Manga del Brujo wins raves from both customers and critics every vintage, so we’re thrilled to introduce the equally lovely white version. Master of Wine Norrel Robertson crafted it with hand-harvested Macabeo (aka Viura) from sustainably farmed, low-yielding old vines, which produce ultra-concentrated grapes. Back in the cellar, Norrel fermented some of the wine in French oak barrels and treated it to lees stirring, both techniques that impart a fuller, more complex texture. Look forward to ripe, orchard- and tropical-fruit flavors, plus saline and smoky notes.

THE WINEMAKER

Norrel was born and raised in Scotland, but after graduating with a degree in International Relations, he turned to wine – starting in sales before becoming a winemaker. After working vintages in Chianti, Australia, France, and beyond, he earned his Master of Wine certification and moved to Spain. Today, “Norrel is a wine maverick, bravely innovative with impeccable knowledge,” writes Ferran Centelles on JancisRobinson.com.

THE GRAPE

WM_NorrelRobertsonMacabeo (known as Viura in Spain’s premium Rioja and Maccabeu in France’s Roussillon region) has a thick skin and is the most widely planted grape in northern Spain. In addition to its starring role in many Rioja blancos, this lightly floral and aromatic variety also plays an important part in the production of Cava (Spain’s answer to Champagne), alongside the Parellada and Xarello grapes.

WITH FOOD

chkn_roastedwholeWhile you can absolutely enjoy a glass of Manga del Brujo by itself, the wine will really shine with food. Pair it with traditional Spanish tapas like calamares a la plancha (grilled squid with a splash of olive oil and sprinkling of parsley), or a plate of seafood paella. It’ll be equally delicious with white meats, from grilled chicken to pork tenderloin to oven-roasted turkey.

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