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González Byass releases Tio Pepe En Rama 2015 in the UK

Published:  21 April, 2015

Tio Pepe En Rama 2015, a limited edition unfiltered and unclarified fino sherry which is part of the González Byass portfolio, is set to be released at the end of April in the UK.

'En Rama' is the local term used by winery workers to refer to the wine in its unrefined state, which has not gone through the normal stabilization and filtration processes most wines go through prior to bottling.

The En Rama 2015, the sixth release of the limited edition bottles, comes from the two oldest soleras in the Tio Pepe cellars, the Rebollo, which was built more than 150 years ago and the Constancia bodega which dates back to the mid 1800s.

The 'En Rama' fino is considered by some to be the 'freshest' fino as it is taken from the middle of the cask during the springtime when the flor growth is at its thickest.

The final 60 casks, which were selected to go into the blend by master blender Antonio Flores, were chosen at the beginning of this month. Flores first selected his top 100 casks from a total of 600 back in October. The fino was then bottled  on 13 April and will be available at the end of the month.

Where to find it:

RRP for 75cl bottle: £15.95

Main stockists: The Wine Society, Berry Bros & Rudd, Adnams, Lea and Sandeman, Lay & Wheeler, Tanners and Oddbins

Tio Pepe has helped drive growth for Gonzáles Byass which saw net profits rise 63% in 2014.

Mauricio González-Gordon, a fifth generation family member and chairman of Gonzáles Byass, spoke to at Prowein 2015 last month and explained the global importance of the Tio Pepe brand to the company.

He said : "Sherry is fundamentally a global experience. We have presence with Tío Pepe in 105 markets. For us that is a big value. It is not so much having the volume itself as it is having the presence in these markets. The fact that an international traveller can find our brand in selected places around the globe- that is very important. We try to protect that and keep on building it."