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    Micalet - Malvasia, Merseguera, Tortosí, Trepadell & Verdil

    Type of wine
    type of wineWit
    Producer
    Country
    Grape variety
    Field blend
    Merseguera
    Tortosí
    Trepadel
    Ageing
    Eikenhout en glass Demi Johns
    Vintage
    Viticulture
    Vinification
    Whole bunch press, zonder koude settling start de gisting op staaltank met het natuurlijke gist

    Tortosí, Trepadell and Merseguera, aangevuld met Malvasía en Verdil | fieldblend afkomstig uit een perceel van 2,5 ha | kalkrijke bodems in de vallei van Tossal de Angel | vroeg geplukt, 12% | zilt, zuiver en aromatisch | luchtig en puur | heerlijke zachte ronde zuren | aromatisch en zacht 

    Javi Revert

    New wave Spanje! Javi is gevestigd in het achterland van Valencia, Tossal de Angel. Waar de bodem kalkrijk is en waar de grote coöperaties heersen voor bulkwijn met hoge alcoholpercentages op het laaggelegen gebied. Javi heeft met zijn ervaring een paar percelen uitgekozen uit de oude familie vallei (fruit werd verkocht). De vallei ligt op een noord helling, redelijk hoog (650 m) en bestaat uit kalkrijke bodems. Hij werkt er volledig biodynamisch om het maximale uit de mediterrane druivenrassen te zoals: Tortosí, Trepadell, Malvasía, Merseguera, Verdil en Arcos te halen. Ook plant hij hoog gelegen op de helling een nieuwe terraswijngaard aan met Grenache noir en Arcos. Daarnaast een project met zijn goede vriend Victor Marquez in Utiel-Requena waar ze van twee percelen heerlijke pure rode sappige wijnen maken met een mediterrane touch! 

    Review

    The white 2018 Micalet comes from the vineyard planted in 1948 at 730 to 750 meters in altitude that inspired his personal project. Revert considers 2018 an exceptional vintage for whites, and this shows the raw white soils, the limestone and salty character, combining the vertical and narrow character with more density and a sense of completeness. It was a low-yielding year when the grapes ripened slowly and thoroughly while keeping very good acidity. It's a blend of local grapes, mostly Tortosí and Trepadell with some Malvasía, Merseguera and Verdil, and has 12.44% alcohol and great freshness. The ungrafted vines were harvested early, as they ripen faster because they deliver lower yields. The clusters were pressed and the juice let to settle for 12 hours and then fermented in stainless steel, but when the spontaneous fermentation started, 70% of the volume was transferred to barrels, where it was kept for nine months without racking. The rest was kept in glass demijohns after fermentation started. The wine is austere and mineral, while keeping the Mediterranean character. There is a notable absence of fruit, as it's the style of wine that has spices and herbs and especially rocks, precise and vibrant, with a pungent palate and a super salty finish. It's really tasty. What Revert likes from 2018, which he calls the most difficult vintage he has vinified to date, is that the white grapes in the valley floor have great differences in ripening time, but that doesn't happen in this vineyard, where the different varieties have been together for over 80 years; the grapes seem to have synchronized to ripen more or less together. The wine is harmonious, the varieties very integrated, giving a seamless sensation. I'd love to see how this evolves over time. 2,000 bottles were filled in July 2019.

    Javi Revert has finished his time at Celler del Roure after 11 years there, which had been a gradual process since 2018, and is focusing more on his personal project. In 2018, he was able to spend more time in his vineyards and pay attention to the soils so he could treat different plots differently, even harvesting parts of the same vineyard at different times. Furthermore, he has purchased a further two hectares of land that had belonged to his grandmother and is going to plant more new vineyards. All his vineyards and land are in the village of Font de la Figuera, 10 hectares in total, and he expects to harvest enough grapes to produce 25,000 bottles by 2025. Right now, he only makes 7,500 bottles. 2018 was not an easy vintage, but the wines are great, the best he has produced so far. He calls 2018 a more continental vintage, with finesse, freshness and texture. The wines are better than ever, and it seems like he's still on the way up, because the one wine I tasted from 2019, a really challenging year with 200 liters of rain in the middle of the harvest, is better than the 2018! On another front, he continues at La Comarcal with his friend and winemaker Víctor Marqués and has also accepted the job as winemaker for Finca Sandoval in Manchuela after the change in ownership. - Luis Gutiérrez 94/100