The team at MicroBio never stop pushing things to the edges of what is possible. With maximum respect and knowledge about their vines they sometimes experiment and throw out the rule book. That is the case here.
The grapes in this wine are from pre-phylloxera vines planted in 1872 (that's about 150 years old...) at 910m altitude. This means the vines are on original rootstocks. With this wine they wanted to literally do what was atypical and do almost the opposite as is typically done with Verdejo (or any other such white wine grapes). They have deliberately hyper-oxidised the must and partly-added this with the pressed juice to barrels to start fermentation. They then slowed the fermentation right-down (by putting in the coolest part of the cellar) and then for the second part of fermentation they have done the opposite. This results in a wine with some deliberate volatile acidity that gives a very interesting chararcter as well as "relaunching its nose and slightly increasing the acidity".
Super interesting and worth exploring. The production is 2 barrels per year.
The MicroBio vines and winery are currently in the care of it's 5th generation, led by the incredibly charming Ismael Gozalo. We had read and heard quite a bit about MicroBio before we had the chance to try the wines (they're kinda becoming a big deal). And then we struck luck as he happened to be attending a wine event that we were going to in Slovakia. So we got to try his wines for the first time with the man himself. And, oh my, we were not dissappointed at all. In fact I immediately after arriving back to Lithuania contacted him to get the wine flowing towards Lithuania. We are very honoured and proud to share these wines.
The winery is in Central Spain, in the province of Segovia in Castilla y Leon. This is the land of industrial Verdejo production and Ismael (and his family before him) are an oasis of fine, organic and now biodynamic farming and natural wine-making in the region. They have vines well over 200 years old! Including many pre-phylloxera vineyards meaning they are on their original root-stocks. This is incredibly rare and is cherished as many believe that such vines have a distinct quality to them. Of their 28ha of vines approximately 5ha are old-vine material. MicroBio have built a huge following across the globe in recent years with their incredible expressions, primarilly, of the main local variety Verdejo. But also the other varieties of the region, notably, Tempranillo but also Rufete, Merlot and Syrah.