(Ossian Vinos y Vides)
Ossian is one of the most prestigious wineries in Spain. Its organic vineyards are the oldest registered and certified in the Rueda D.O., as well as being the highest-lying. Its wines have changed the concept of the Verdejo grape variety, achieving quality and finesse and a potential longevity previously unknown. The adventure began in 2005 with the association of winegrower, Ismael Gozalo and Javier Zaccagninin. They went to Burgundy to meet Pierre Millemann, the maker of prestigious, fine French whites and have him oversee the project. The result was so good that they quickly doubled production and invested in a new winery which they opened in 2006. Today the winery has been acquired by the famous Pago de Carraovejas, ensuring an excellent future for its wines.
Capitel is the culmination of the quest, initiated over 10 years ago, to make the finest wine possible in the Castilla y León region. This Verdejo comes from pre-phylloxera vines of between 100 and 200 years of age, and is only produced in selected years, using the best grapes from the estate’s oldest vineyards, in what would be a “selection of the selection”. Half the must ferments in new oak barrels and the other half in barrels previously used for one vintage. It is aged on its lees for 10 months, during which time bâtonnage (stirring up of the lees) is carried out. The result is a concentrated, full, round wine with plenty of volume and intense aromas of ripe fruit and oaky notes from barrel ageing. An almost perfectly executed white wine.