From the 'younger' Verdejo vines of the estate - still around 140 years old. Whole bunch pressed and then spending 5 months in stainless steel on the lees. The grapes are incredibly ripe when harvested, giving the wine a beautiful golden colour. This follows into the glass; the wine is rich, concentrated and savoury. Rueda never quite tasted like this.
Ismael Gozalo is most famous as founder and winemaker at Ossian in Rueda, but since 1998 he has made his own unique wines from his family’s vineyards in the hamlet of Nieva. The vines are up to 200 years old, with many on original rootstock and 800-900 metres above sea level, on primarily sandy soil which has never seen chemical treatment. In the cellar, Ismael defies all rules and logic – wines are fermented and aged in glass demijohns, steel, oak and amphora, and racked between these different vessels as and when he deems appropriate. Extended lees contact is the one common theme. Ismael’s wines are released under two labels, Vinos Ismael Gozalo and Vinos Microbio.