Ismael Gozalo is a 5th generation winegrower and winemaker from Nieva, a village in the province of Segovia. This is Verdejo country and Ismael is colloquially known as “the Wizard of Verdejo”. Ismael is best known for his work at Ossian, which he established in 2004. But when his business partner sold his share to a large Ribera del Duero house it was time also for him to exit and reignite his personal project, MicroBio. Custodian to some of the oldest vines of Verdejo in Spain, he farms 27.5 hectares. Woof. 100% Verdejo. Destemmed fruit, fermentation in amphora, 7 months on skins. Lightly pressed then returned to Amphora for another 6 months. Chamomile, agave, lemon verbena, bouquet garni, tea tree, eucalypt, vermouth – its all there! A wine you cant put down, you keep going back and find something new. Savoury edges on the palate intertwine with citrus, precision and direction. It is said of Brutal – “if you’ve come this far, there’s no turning back!!