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Tio Pepe En Rama 2015 release is here!

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe En Rama Fino SherryThe first harvest of asparagus, the glorious return of swallows, the vibrant purpley-blue carpet of bluebells and the arrival of En Rama Sherry - it’s springtime! En Rama is a super-fresh, unfiltered Fino sherry made by Gonzalez Byass in Jerez. This special Tio Pepe sherry is bottled in limited quantities and is available for just a few months each spring. We urge you to make the most of it while you can! You can buy En Rama Sherry online or in our stores at £15.99 per bottle (15% abv). This year’s En Rama was selected from the two oldest Tio Pepe soleras; Rebollo and Constancia. The Rebollo bodega is dark and humid and produces sherry wines that are super-charged with acetaldehyde, which produce fresh almond, rose-water-like, yeasty characters. The wines from barrels aged in the Constancia bodega are more elegant and add texture and finesse. The majority of the casks this year have been selected from Constancia proving the perfect balance for the powerful flavours from the Rebollo bodega. Rob Chase & Alastair Marshall taste the 2015 release of En Rama Fino SherryThe first selection of 100 casks, from a total of 600, was made in October last year. Following regular tastings over the winter, Master Blender Antonio Flores selected the final 60 casks at the beginning of April. Antonio selected the casks which had the best growth of the ‘flor’ yeast, which gives the sherry its distinctive nutty, fresh flavours which also helps to protect the maturing wine from overt oxidation. The sherry is drawn from the heart of each barrel selected and is bottled without any fining or filtration. Drinking En Rama is the closest experience you can get to tasting fresh fino sherry straight from the cask in Jerez. To enjoy En Rama to the full, pair it with almonds, tapas, olives and oily fish. Once you open your bottle, treat it as you would a fresh bottle of white wine and drink it within a day or two of opening. It is not a wine to keep for too long and is best drunk before the summer. Adnams Fine Wine Manager, Rob Chase, tasted this year’s En Rama at The Crown in Southwold last week; “My senses took me back to a sun-filled room in an old house, on the first day of spring - the house having been closed up for winter. The glint of gold and green in the glass, and the aromas of waxed and varnished wood, mingled with stored apples, straw and hay on the nose, were ignited on the palate by funky, citrus/crystallised fruits and hazelnuts. Old fashioned, yet with wonderfully contemporary flavours once lost to posterity, but re-awakened by Gonzalez Byass’ 6th En Rama release. Best served chilled and enjoyed with discerning friends and aficionados.”    

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