Something very special from Javier Revert. The 'Simeta' red is sourced from just one single vineyard of the rare, local grape Arcos. This tiny 1-hectare plot offers sensational fruit, that translates to this terroir-driven red. Javi also ages it in a unique combination of clay amphorae and glass demi-johns, which helps preserve the grape's natural vibrancy. It has a distinctly Mediterranean character with intense fruit, garrigue herbs and peppery spice, balanced by refreshing acidity.
The 2020 Simeta has a fresh Mediterranean profile very different from the 2019, as 2020 was a year of full ripeness to express the character of the Arcos grape, a long-cycle grape with big and lose bunches and grapes with thick skins. It has Mediterranean color and aromas, the fresh undergrowth of aromatic herbs. It has fine tannins and good grip. This has 14.3% alcohol, so it's not a shy red, with good balance and a powerful palate. It matured in 500-liter oak barrels for 10 months followed by a further six months in concrete eggs. It's not a light and fresh vintage; it's a powerful, ripe and Mediterranean year, more classical with the concentration from the sandy soils. To me, this is a new expression of Arcos, departing from the style of the 2018, weightless but powerful, concentrated but fresh. This should be long lived. 1
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 a benchmark for the new wave in Eastern Spain. He has strong bonds to his home region, where his family h 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.
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