Region: Castilla y Leon, ESP
Ismael Gozalo is a fifth-generation winegrower and winemaker from Nieva, a village in the province of Segovia. This is Verdejo country and Ismael is colloquially known as ‘the wizard of Verdejo’. His family is custodian to some of the oldest vines of Verdejo in Spain, from 100 to 260 years of age, with holdings of 27.5 hectares. Ismael chooses the first selection of fruit for MicroBio and sells the remaining 60-70%, to other producers. There is now between 12-15 different expression of Verdejo produced covering a broad spectrum, inclusive of skin contact, oxidative aging, wines under flor. It really is an Aladdin’s cave.
Whole bunch pressed, 5 months on lees in tank. A floral nose brims with depth and life. The palate displays pomelo and paw paw. There’s lime zest, orange blossom and it's so refreshing. Soft herbs, a rocky mineral edge and umami, its tightly wound. A wine that loves oxygen displaying more vitality and life as it opens.