2020 Ossian Quintaluna Verdejo Magnum
Quintaluna is in fact a kind of 'second wine' from the famous house Ossian, located in southern Rueda. The name Quintaluna is an illusion after the fifth phase of the moon. After all, the domain is completely organic-bio. This means that you have to take the moon phases into account. A rigorous selection in the more than 150 year old vineyards results in a small amount of the exclusive Ossian wine, considered for several years to be the very best white from Spain.
The Quintaluna grapes come from a number of very small sandy vineyards located in the north of Segovia. They are planted in sandy soil. Most of them are very old vines from the pre-phylloxera period, not grafted and preserved because the sandy soil prevented the plague. The sticks are therefore more than 120 years old and some even more than 180 years. The hand-picked grapes are first kept in a cold room to preserve their aromatic qualities. After going through a meticulous selection process, they were gently de-stressed and pressed. Fermentation took place in small stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. For 12 months the wine remained on its lees (sur lie) in oak barrels and stainless steel and then continues to mature in the bottle.
Quintaluna expresses the freshness and authentic character of the Verdejo variety and is certainly not your average Verdejo but is an authentic complex wine. By deliberately low yields, Osssian wants to increase the concentration and variety typicity. With the 2017 vintage, the bottle and label have changed, but also the education and the wine matures for no less than nine months on its lees (sur lie) in oak barrels, which means a serious step-up in quality. The education also ensures that the Quintaluna can easily remain in the cellar for 5 years. The 2019 volume has received an even longer (sur lie) education than its predecessors and only became available in the last quarter of 2021.
Ossian's Quintaluna not only renews its image, but is a new wine with a new philosophy and another leap in quality. The 'entry-level wine' from Ossian is not just any wine, because at Ossian they are mandatory. The expertise speaks immediately. In the glass, this pure 100% verdejo is bright straw yellow, with beautiful tears. Beautifully ripe citrus fruits dominate the nose, with further green apple and gooseberry. The Quintaluna is very balanced with good minerality and finesse. Unprecedented good value for money.
Ossian is also jokingly referred to as the White Aalto because Ossian is the mini-project of Javier Zaccagnini, also partner and director of Aalto in Ribera Del Duero, and Ismael Gazalo, whose family has been making wine in the region for years. The extremely old Verdejo vineyards are located in the village of 'Nieva' and are 850 meters above sea level. The vines are between 100 and 160 years old making this the longest certified vineyard in Castilla y León. On Ossian not just any Rueda is made as you will find thirteen in a dozen. No, on the contrary, Javier hired a Burgundian topoenologist. Together they vinify the small yield unique Verdejo in a Burgundian way, just like Pierre does with Chardonnay in Meursault and Puligny Montrachet. In some years a top-top cuvée is made 'Ossian Capitel'. In a few years, Ossian has grown into Spain's most revered white wine.
In 2013, Ossian was bought by José María Ruiz (from the top house Pago de Carraovejas from the Ribera del Duero) and Zaccagnini left the company. Nevertheless, the young winery remains focused on the same high quality standards and there is even more innovation and Ossian is among the absolute top of the Verdejo wines from the Rueda.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Region||Castilla y Leon|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|James Suckling rating||92|
|Tasting Profiles||Aromatic, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Green & grassy, Light, Tense, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag|