2021 Ossian Quintaluna Verdejo Magnum

41.95 34.67


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Type of Wine White
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Appellation Tierra de León
Winery Ossian
Vintage 2021
Grape Verdejo
Content (Alc) 1.5 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2023 - 2026
Available as of Jan 26, 2024
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About the 2021 Ossian Quintaluna Verdejo magnum

Quintaluna is in fact a kind of 'second wine' from the famous Ossian house, located in southern Rueda. The name Quintaluna is an illusion to the fifth moon phase. After all, the domain is completely organic/bio. This means that you must take the moon phases into account. A rigorous selection in vineyards that are more than 150 years old results in a small quantity of the exclusive Ossian wine, which for several years has been considered the very best white from Spain.

Grapes and aging process of the Quintaluna Verdejo magnum from Ossian

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 are even more than 180 years old. The hand-picked grapes are first stored in a cold room to preserve their aromatic qualities. After going through a meticulous selection process, they were gently shaken and pressed. The fermentation took place in small stainless steel tanks with native yeasts. The wine remained on its lees ( sur lie ) in oak barrels and stainless steel for 12 months and then matured in the bottle.

Ossian Quintaluna Verdejo Magnum Tasting Notes

Quintaluna expresses the freshness and authentic character of the Verdejo variety and is certainly not your average Verdejo, but is an authentic elegant complex wine. Ossian wants to increase concentration and variety typicality through deliberately low yields. Ossian's Quintaluna not only renews its image, but is a new wine with a new philosophy and another leap in quality. Ossian's 'entry-level wine' is not just any wine, because at Ossian they require a stand. 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 green apple and gooseberry. The Quintaluna is very balanced with good minerality and finesse. Unprecedentedly good value for money.

Vineyard for 2021 Ossian Quintaluna Verdejo Magnum

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.

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Available as of Jan 26, 2024
Type of Wine White
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Appellation Tierra de León
Winery Ossian
Grape Verdejo
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan Yes
Vintage 2021
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2026
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 1.5 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 92
James Suckling rating 91
Tasting Profiles Aromatic, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Green & grassy, Light, Tense, White fruit
Drink moments Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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