Tio Pepe Sherry Tasting

11 August 2018

sherry

Tio Pepe Fino En Rama 2018, 15% £15.99

Think of sherry as something you only enjoy as a sweet tipple at Christmas? Well, think again!

It comes from Spain, a country that experiences more sunshine than most, and, in its dry and savoury form it is the perfect summer drink.

Dry sherry comes in a variety of forms from fino, the most dry, through manzanilla and amontillado, to the richer oloroso and the rarer palo cortado.

A recent trend in Fino and Manzanilla is the release of the En Rama versions. They often have more character and complexity as "En Rama" means straight from the butt. These wines that have been minimally filtered or refined to get the true taste of the sherry as it comes from the cask.

Enjoy it chilled (in regular wineglasses to experience the full aroma) as an aperitif or as accompaniment to fish, seafood or tapas dishes.

 

Tio Pepe Fino En Rama 2018, 15% £15.99

Welcome to the new kid - and trend - on the block.

En Rama sherries (literally "in the raw") are only lightly filtered so you're getting the true taste of sherry from the cask, providing a depth and a complexity of flavours - encompassing everything from Japanese umami to salted apples - that other sherries may only hint at.

It's a limited release, so get it while you can.

 

Victoria Moore writing in The Telegraph:

This fino sherry is one of my favourite drinks and, because it doesn't keep long and is released on allocation only, it is a strictly seasonal pleasure. Tio Pepe en rama is what you might call a lively wine. It is taken straight from the cask with no fining or filtration, with the idea of bottling the experience of standing in the cellar of the bodega in Jerez itself, drawing a sample of wine direct from the barrel and sipping it then and there, in its fresh and raw state. It's a brilliant wine. It smells salty, like a cold sea. Also warm and yeasty, like the crust of sourdough bread as it just starts to crisp in the oven. There's also a rich, umami element that reminds me of shellfish bisque, and a smokiness that brings to mind a struck match. 

 

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