Microbio

Ismael Gozalo

Segovia

Ismael Gozalo is one of the rising stars on Spain’s natural wine heaven.

He founded Ossian, in the high altitude village Nieva in the Segovia province in 2004, together with Javier Zaccagnini (read about his Ribera del Duero adventures here). Ismael soon went on to work on a smaller scale with his project MicroBio, to make use of his family’s best vineyards the way he wanted.  

Some of these are between 100 and 200 years old, pre-phylloxera, at between 800 and 900 meters. These vines have always been grown in an organic way.

Ismael works in a medieval underground cellar in his native Nieva using barrels of different sizes, amphorae, glass demijohns, and stainless steel. He works in a very natural way. His most important goal though, is to let the land speak directly through his wines.

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Ismael has two lines of wines: MicroBio Wines and Ismael Gozalo. In both lines he mainly works with the Verdejo. In the first line he produces eight white wines, two Orange wines and a Pet Nat. And it is not only about the diversity but also about the processes used, which could well be called extreme: Vineyards certified in organic agriculture located up to 920 meters in height, manual works in the field and no use of chemicals, and then in the cellar terracotta or clay vessels, big casks and barrels, cold fermentations around 11-13 degrees on the lees that last for months, no battonage, no pumping, no corrections or filtering or sulphurs… He does everything that serves to give his wines a strong character and personality. And the quantity of each wine is limited; almost none reaches 1,000 bottles a year and in many cases less than 500 bottles.

Sin Nombre Blanco 2015

Sin Nombre Blanco 2015

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Sin Nombre Verdejo 2015

Tasting: From the stable of Ismael Gozalo, ‘El Brujo de Verdejo’ – The Wizard of Verdejo – he makes a variety of expressions from 150-year-old vines on their original rootstocks. Organically and biodynamically produced with no added sulphites. Sin Nombre (Without Name) also refers to the winemaking used – or not used! No acid correction, no sulphites, nothing but pure spontaneously fermented juice. Layers and layers of quince, buttered apples, persimmon, finger lime and smashed slate.

Bodega: Microbio

Region: Nieva

Grape: Verdejo

Aging: Old oak for 9 months, and stainless steel for a further 9 months

Vintage: 2015

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

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Siete Juntos Syrah 2016

Siete Juntos Syrah 2016

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Siete Juntos Syrah 2016

Tasting: Ismael Gozalo – The Wizard of Verdejo – shows that his talents aren’t limited to his signature white grape variety with this excellent minimal intervention Syrah. Organically grown, no sulphites added and bottled un-fined and unfiltered. Fresh and elegant acidity frames a palate of subtle black fruit, loganberries, mulberry, an intriguing cola note, with fresh herbs and subtly nuanced spice.

Bodega: Microbio

Region: Castilla y León

Grape: Syrah

Aging: Unspecified time in old oak

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol: 14%

Closure: Cork

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Respública Verdejo 2016

Respública Verdejo 2016

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Respública Verdejo 2016

Tasting: From the stable of Ismael Gozalo, ‘El Brujo de Verdejo’ – The Wizard of Verdejo – he makes a variety of expressions from 150-year-old vines on their original rootstocks. Organically and biodynamically produced with no added sulphites, Respública represents the pinnacle of Ismael’s stable of wines. Delicate and nuanced, it shows subtle fruit in the form of crab apples, greengage, melon, light quince and red apple skin. All this is backed by an underlying elegant minerality that runs through this exceptional wine.

Bodega: Microbio

Region: Nieva

Grape: Verdejo

Aging: Aged in old oak

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

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Microbio Verdejo 2016

Microbio Verdejo 2016

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Microbio Verdejo 2016

Tasting: From the stable of Ismael Gozalo, ‘El Brujo de Verdejo’ – The Wizard of Verdejo – he makes a variety of expressions from 150-year-old vines on their original rootstocks. Full bodied and textural, ripe red apples, key lime pie, juicy white apricots and minerals.

Bodega: Microbio

Region: Nieva

Grape: Verdejo

Aging: 7 months in amphora

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol: 13%

Closure: Cork

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La Banda De Argilico Blanco 2017

La Banda De Argilico Blanco 2017

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La Banda de Argilico 2017

Tasting:  From the stable of Ismael Gozalo, ‘El Brujo de Verdejo’ – The Wizard of Verdejo – he makes a variety of expressions from 150-year-old vines on their original rootstocks. Le Banda de Argilico has a vibrant nose of wet rocks, zesty lemon and smoke, the beguiling palate is a whirlwind of yuzu, finger lime, smoked bay leaf and custard apple. Un-fined, un-filtered with no added sulphites, beauty and craftsmanship from a pioneer of natural wine in Spain.  

Bodega: Micro Bio

Region: Nieva

Grape: Verdejo

Aging: Stainless steel on lees for 5 months

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

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Correcaminos Blanco 2017

Correcaminos Blanco 2017

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Correcaminos Blanco 2017

Tasting: From the stable of Ismael Gozalo, ‘El Brujo de Verdejo’ – The Wizard of Verdejo – he makes a variety of expressions from 150-year-old vines on their original rootstocks. Correcaminos is a swirl of zesty lemonade, tangerine, and lime zest wrapped around a core of sea spray, lemon juice and minerals. Un-fined, un-filtered and no added sulphites.  

Bodega: Micro Bio

Region: Nieva

Grape: Verdejo

Aging: Stainless steel on lees for 5 months

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

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