Quintaluna, Ossian's little sibling, is remarkable value, even more so now that the percentage of old vine material in the blend has increased. Clear and bright, mid yellow with a green gold tinge,it parades exotic fruits on the nose complemented by a touch of spice. On the palate there is a mineral freshness, flavours of yellow citrus and peach, alongside salty suggestions, Great length for a wine of this price.
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.