Quintaluna, Verdejo, Rueda Blanco, 2014

  Ossian

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.

Contains Sulphites.

About Ossian

Ossian’s ancient vineyards are located in the village of Nieva in the Spanish province of Segovia. This particular part of Rueda is blessed with a seam of sandy soils that have protected the vines from the dreaded Phylloxera louse. The upshot is a wealth of incredibly old vine material which the team at Ossian farm with the sole intention of producing one of Spain’s great white wines. Add in an altitude of around 900m, with the huge diurnal temperature swings that this brings, and you have some very interesting grape material coming off Ossian’s old bush vines. Production methods fully organic and fully manual – the old bush vines prevent any sort of mechanisation – and ageing takes place in predominantly old French 600 litre barrels. Both Ossian and Capitel are whole bunch pressed and fermented entirely with wild yeasts. The only grape variety is Verdejo, not generally a grape afforded the chance to reach greatness by others, but here produced with a singularity of purpose, from such old vine material, that the end result is varietal defying and capable of serious cellaring. Also in the range is the great value Quintaluna, an amazing 60% of which now comes from pre-Phylloxera old vines, and the aforementioned Capitel, produced from a single plot of exceedingly old pre-phylloxera vines grown on a particular patch of sand over slate. These are undoubtedly some of Spain’s most interesting whites.

Appellation: Rueda

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.