APPELATION: Castilla y Leon
VARIETALS: `100% Verdejo
ABOUT THE WINE: Many know Ismael Gozalo for his work at Ossian, one of the more respectable houses in Rueda. Ismael partnered with Javier Zaccagnini in 2004 to launch Ossian. Their aim was to extract the huge potential of Rueda’s ungrafted old vine Verdejo. From the start, their wines were considered among Spain’s best whites.
Ismael’s family owns some of the oldest (between 100-200 years old) ungrafted pre-phylloxera vines in Rueda. Most are located in the town of Nieva in the province of Segovia between 800-900 meters of altitude. These head trained vines have never seen any chemicals over the different generations that have cared for them. In 1998, before Ossian existed, Ismael started MicroBio to showcase these vineyards.
While Ismael and his family own 30 hectares of vines, he only uses 5 hectares for his MicroBio project. The 5 hectares include the oldest and best vineyard sites. The rest of the grapes are sold to some of the highest regarded producers in the region making the Gozalo family a reference in the region. Today, they remain one of the few organic producers in Rueda.
TASTING NOTES: MicroBio Verdejo has a beautiful nose that is full of white peach, orange peel, grapefruit, and key lime. The palate has wonderful vibrancy and tension. Generous stone fruit and salinity mix beautifully to create a wonderful expression of Verdejo.