Ismael Gozalo is most famous as founder and winemaker at Ossian in Rueda, but since 1998 he has made his own unique wines from his family’s vineyards in the hamlet of Nieva. The vines are from 130 to 280 years old on original rootstock. Situated 800-900 metres above sea level, on primarily sandy soil which has never seen chemical treatment. Each site has a cru designated to it for quality purposes and since 2014 Ismael has also been researching the various yeast strains that grow naturally in each location, to greater understand the added complexity this brings each Cru.

In the cellar, Ismael defies all rules and logic – wines are fermented and aged in glass demijohns, steel, oak and amphora, and racked between these different vessels as and when he deems appropriate. Extended lees contact is the one common theme. Ismael’s wines are released under two labels, Vinos Ismael Gozalo (classic styles) and Microbio (more experimental) wines.

The Brutal! wine labels came about from a drunken night in Catalunya by Danish importers Roskorth & Roskorth. They wanted zero-zero wines (nothing added or removed) that had a production level of less than 200 bottles and an intrinsic flaw or technical wine fault that made the wine's character more exciting in the glass. More information can be found at

MicroBio - Brutal! 2021

  • Name Brutal!
    Producer Brutal Wine Corporation (MicroBio Wines/Ismael Gozalo)
    Style Red (Rose)
    Country Spain
    Region Rueda, Castilla & Leon
    Vintage 2021
    Grape Blend of Tempranillo, Syrah & Verdejo
    ABV % 11.5
    SO2 None added
    Production Biodynamic. Natural Fermentation. Unfined. Unfiltered. Vegan
    Tasting notes Fresh + Fruit Bomb + Fun
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