Tio Pepe En Rama Fino 2018
En Rama is a special type of fino sherry from Tio Pepe – it’s bottled unfiltered and unclarified, so it delivers big, concentrated flavours of freshly baked bread, green olives and a mouthwatering freshness. This is fino sherry, but not as you know it. A must-try.
Tio Pepe En Rama 2018 is the taste of spring – a yearly highlight.
Tio Pepe En Rama (15%, González Byass 2018)
Nose: celebration of the flor. The emphasis is here on cellar notes (humid chalky walls, moist sandy floors) and even slightly farmy notes (wet dogs, hay, horse stables), rather than on acetaldehydes. Love that. Yeasty power, warm but with a heady, almost floral edge.
Mouth: a tad less wide now, the farmy side made place for more vertical notes, citrus freshness, bitter herbal notes. Slightly more gentle than I expected, but of course this fits the ‘harmonious’ description. Picks up intensity after a while, with olive brine and dough.