Micalet is an intriguing 'field blend'; essentially a blend of many different varieties all planted in the same vineyard. In this instance, Javier works with local varieties Tortosí, Trepadell, Malvasía, Merseguera and Verdi. The Micalet vineyard is particularly special, as it was planted by Javier's own great-grandfather in 1948.
This delectable wine is aged in old barrels and demi-johns to give the wine textural and aromatic breadth. The result is a generous, zesty palate brimming with citrus fruit, salted almonds, and a chalky freshness on the finish.
The 2020 Micalet is from an almost perfect harvest that delivered a vibrant wine with 12% alcohol and incredible parameters of freshness and acidity (pH 2.99 and 7.2 grams of acidity). It was bottled after 10 months in French oak barrels. There is less fruit and more texture here, and it's lower in alcohol and is a lot more austere and serious. There is depth and concentration with freshness and elegance. There's precision and acidity with a strong saline finish. It's an amazing Mediterranean white, an improvement over the already incredible 2018.
From a very old plot, this is a mix of six different grapes. They ripen together. ‘I prefer to express the place, and not the grape,’ says Javi Revert. There’s a lot of limestone here (65%). This is fresh, lively and intense with taut citrus fruit. There’s a bit of grip here with lovely juicy fruit, some subtle minty hints, and some lemon peel pithiness. Very linear and focused with good acidity and a touch of salinity.
Javier Revert is part of a vanguard of young Spanish winemakers who are working with indigenous grape varieties and traditional viticultural and winemaking techniques to produce pure, vibrant wines that truly reflect their origins.
They're made in minuscule quantities and destined to become an benchmark for the new wave in Eastern Spain. He has strong bonds to his home region, where his family have farmed for generations, and he studied viticulture at the Universidad Politécnica in Valencia.
One afternoon Javi was walking with his grandfather, who mentioned that an old vineyard they came across had been planted by his great-grandfather. This discovery prompted Javi to keep an eye out for other old, terraced sites. Soils are rich in calcium carbonate, not unlike the albariza around Jerez. The plots haven’t been worked for years so are now part of a patchwork of Mediterranean flora, olive and almond trees.