Aged in a mixture of French oak demis-muids and barriques, 40% new, fermented dry with just 1.5 g/l residual sugar. The youngest vines are 95 years old and the oldest a staggering 160 years old, and still extremely healthy. This offers a plethora of fruit character, buttery notes overlaid by citrus, peach, guava, white flower, fennel, lime zest, lavender and flint, so complex and racy, extremely refined. A blast to the senses but not an overwhelming one, still beautifully composed and very moreish.
Charming, passionate vigneron Ismael Gozolo is the current custodian of a set of very special vines that have been in his family for generations. Ossian's vineyards and winery are located in the village of Nieva, in the province of Segovia. The sole aim here is to produce the greatest white wine in Spain, using Burgundian techniques, including barrel fermentation and batonnage. The soil around Nieva is very different to that of the rest of Rueda, being very sandy. For this reason the 160 year old Verdejo vines have been protected from phylloxera and are therefore un-grafted. Predominantly French oak is used for maturing the wine, a mixture of old and a little new, cultivation is completely organic and the winemaking involves 100% wild yeast fermentation. The result is a wine of huge personality, ripe fruit, balanced with extreme finesse and old vine minerality that ages beautifully. Also in the range is the stunning value Quintaluna, now with even more old vine material in the blend, and Capitel, produced from a single plot of exceedingly old slate and sand grown pre-phylloxeric vines. Bottled unfiltered this is undoubtedly one of Spain's very finest white wines.
One of Spain's prime regions for white wine where the sand and limestone soils and an altitude of at least 650 metres above sea level produce wines of vivacity and character.