Javi Revert 'Simeta'
Simeta comes from a single vineyard where the soils are a little different, and the aspect is south rather than the north of the other vineyards. ‘Micalet and Sensal are more sandy and chalky soils, very white,’ says Revert. ‘Simeta has iron. It is still chalky, but it has more colour. It is around 50 years old (1971 plantings) and is planted with Arco. This is a nice variety because it has a very long cycle, big berries, and it is very resistant to heat so it is good for this area. This long cycle preserves the acidity nicely. In 2018 I harvested it on 11 October, which is late for here, and it had a pH of 3.3 and 13% potential alcohol. It is a lighter grape: it is not like Monastrell or Garnacha Tintorera. It is a bit like Pinot Noir or Bastarda or Nebbiolo. I am planting more of this. Thinking about climate change, this is an interesting grape too.’ For Simeta 2018 he used 70% whole clusters; Sensal 2019 was 100% whole cluster.
Jamie Goode whose notes are above did not taste the 2019. I did recently and its a very pure, quite delicate expression, red berry and cherry with some fresh green herb/stalk characters. Needs time to flesh out- the 2018 was superb. It's quite cool climate Pinot Noir like in this vintage, great with some slightly fatty pink lamb for example. it's a classy wine and it will be interesting to see how it develops. Very limited stocks.