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Tio Pepe En Rama

Tio Pepe En Rama

Well, almost…

A new type of sherry has just arrived. Tio Pepe En Rama (unfiltered, straight from the cask) will only be on our shelves for a maximum of three months. Why? Firstly, because it’s a ‘live’ product, designed to be drunk as early as possible and secondly, it’s a limited edition wine (we have bought a twelfth of the entire production). En Rama is an ultra-fresh Fino Sherry.

It is as close as you can get to tasting sherry straight from the barrel without actually traveling to the Bodega in Jerez. Try it for yourself, buy Tio Pepe En Rama online here.

I tasted En Rama when it first arrived in the UK:

  • Light gold in colour
  • Nose dominated by ‘flor’ character – yeasty, oxidative, with hints of almonds
  • Palate is powerful with a lovely round, silky mouthfeel and good acidity.
  • Serve chilled with almonds, manchego cheese and jamón or other air-cured meats.

Tio Pepe installation at Gonzalez Byass, JerezTo put it very simply, En Rama is a yeasty, super-fresh Tio Pepe. It is Tio Pepe sherry but at its most raw and lively state. Tio Pepe is produced from Palomino Fino grapes, and spends time going through the ‘solera system’ (in which wines of different years are fractionally blended in barrel) and is aged under a covering of ‘flor’ yeast. Unlike conventional table wine where oak barrels are topped right up to allow minimum contact with air, Fino sherry barrels are only filled to about four fifths capacity. This allows enough surface area and air contact for the flor yeast to grow on the surface, thereby protecting the maturing wine underneath from overt oxidation. This is how Fino retains its lovely pale lemon colour – if it was left without a covering of flor it would soon turn coppery-brown.

Harvesting Palomino Fino grapesThe winemakers at Gonzalez Byass selected various portions of the Tio Pepe solera to be racked off for En Rama. It was drawn off from the heart of the barrels this Spring, when the flor yeast cover was at its thickest. (Like most natural organisms, the flor yeast has its seasons of growth and decay, and Spring is when its population grows significantly). Wine from each barrel was transferred and combined into a stainless steel tank, where it was left to settle naturally over the Easter break. Unlike Tio Pepe, however, it did not undergo any further clarification, you get exactly what has come out of the settling tank – pure, fresh Fino sherry.

Gonzalez Byass first bottled En Rama last year to celebrate 175 years of sherry production – it was such a success it sold out almost immediately. This first incarnation was bottled with a different label to this year, and each subsequent release is planned to wear a different livery based on designs from the winery archive. The date of bottling is on the back label, so you’ll know when your three months are up! Serve chilled and once your bottle is open, keep it in the fridge and treat it like a white wine.

Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino En Rama is available online and in all Adnams Cellar & Kitchen Stores while stocks last.

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Sarah Groves

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Sarah reports on all the goings-on at Adnams and is almost never seen without a camera, phone or a pen. With a background in earth science and wine, Sarah is fascinated by our natural environment and loves to be outdoors. As well as taking photographs, writing content and email design, she still finds time to play tennis and is a Trustee of Southwold Museum & Historical Society.
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  • Sarah Howe

    Hi Martin,
    I hope you enjoy the bottles of Tio Pepe ‘En Rama’ you purchased.
    Anthony Rose’s article as a whole is about his changing views towards sherry as he explores different styles. However, he does state in his article that he bought 6 bottles of Tio Pepe ‘En Rama’ and “couldn’t get enough of its bone-dry, savoury-salted caramel tang.” I hope you feel the same!

  • Martinwhitaker

    Bought two bottles in Woodbridge after receiving the email. But is Anthony Rose really writing about En Rama?

  • Mharris_38

    I had a taste in the shop in Southwold and it’s great! Bought a bottle – need to drink it quick!!

  • Paulss1957

    Sound interesting. I’ll have to pop on and pick a bottle up

  • Sarah Howe

    We hope you enjoy it!

  • Jak

    Picked up a bottle on my visit to Adnams Norwich last week. Cannot wait to try it. Sounds spectacular!