Ossian Verdejo Rueda 2020

White Wine | 2020 | Spain | Castilla y León

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Why Rachele Loves It

Ossian is produced in Nieva, Segovia, where you can find sandy loam soils. Thanks to this soil, phylloxera—which decimated European vineyards in the late 19th Century—has not been able to attack the local vines. As a result, the vines here are often more than 200 years old. 

These vineyards preserve the genetic diversity of the different Verdejo vines planted by the old inhabitants of the area. Ossian is the result of blending wines individually vinified from each small plot. The grapes are harvested by hand, then selected both in the field and again at the winery to ensure only the best grapes are used. The bunches then rest in refrigerated storage at just 5°C in order to preserve the aromas of the grapes while awaiting the start of the winemaking process. The juice is released via a gentle pressing and fermented with ambient yeasts in wooden barrels and vats of varying capacity. A spontaneous fermentation allows the wine to be the best expression of local Nieva terroir. 

The wine matures in barrels on lees for nine months, with some periodic stirring (also known as bâtonnage) that enhances the flavour, texture, and complexity of the final product. This is followed by another twelve months of ageing in the bottle.

Rachele says that for her, quite simply, there are very few wines in the world that combine the quality of grapes found on such old vines with the attention to detail and careful, painstaking winemaking that have created Ossian. Truly a rare treat for any wine lover.

Ossian Verdejo Rueda 2020
Rachele Gianfaldoni
Ossian 2020
Ossian Vineyard
  • Ossian Verdejo Rueda 2020
  • Rachele Gianfaldoni
  • Ossian 2020
  • Ossian Vineyard
Ossian Verdejo Rueda 2020
Rachele Gianfaldoni
Ossian 2020
Ossian Vineyard
Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León

Tasting & Pairing

Tasting notes:

The wine presents with wonderful complexity in the nose, suggesting depth and power coupled with an elegance and softness. Look for fruity and woody aromas in the glass, followed by a gentle, long-tasting taste on the palate. Textured and layered, it is a wine you can find something new in with each sip. A versatile wine, pair it with seafood pastas or lighter fried foods, allowing the wine’s sweet spices to shine through.

Seafood Pasta
Asian cuisine
Raw Fish

Pairing Recipe:

Spaghetti Alle Vongole

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