González Byass has announced this year’s release of its renowned Tio Pepe Fino En Rama.
Now in its 10th edition, the sherry producer’s premium fino is a selection of just 60 casks from the more than 21,000 that make up Tio Pepe’s soleras.
Master blender Antonio Flores selects the en rama wine in early spring, when the flor grows thicker due to the mild temperatures and relatively high humidity. These particular conditions make for a more intensely flavoured wine: ‘It is at this time of year, in the early spring, that our fino is singing!’ said Flores.
González Byass’ Tio Pepe was one of the first, and certainly the most impactful, modern fino to be bottled en rama, ie unfiltered and unfined. Over the years, Tio Pepe En Rama has been crucial in driving the entire sherry category’s premiumisation.
‘We wanted to give sherry drinkers the chance to try fino sherry in its purest state, straight from the cask,’ explained Flores. ‘We debated and deliberated on how we could make it happen and 10 years ago we took the risk, launching our first saca. Since then we haven’t looked back.’
This year, the Tio Pepe En Rama will be released in standard 37.5cl and 75cl formats, as well as in magnums. González Byass suggests consuming it as soon as possible after its release to appreciate its peculiar aromatic character. However, if kept in cool conditions and away from direct sunlight, Tio Pepe En Rama is said to have good ageing potential too.
DPD £4.87-IBD £3.75/37.5cl; DPD £8.82-IBD £6.59/75cl; DPD £17.74-IBD £13.28/150cl, González Byass UK