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González Byass' Tio Pepe En Rama shipped to 19 countries this month

Published:  05 April, 2016

Tio Pepe En Rama is due to ship more of its unfiltered and unclarified fino sherry to more countries than ever before.

Initially launched in the UK market in 2009 on allocation, this year's Tío Pepe En Rama, which part of the Gonzalez Byass portfolio, is being shipped to 19 markets worldwide.

This is more than ever before for Spanish family winery González Byass, based in Jerez.

The UK is one of the first countries on the list to receive the sherry, along with Spain, which will receive the first batch in mid-April.

These will be followed by Sweden, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Ireland, Mexico, USA, Canada, China, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, Seychelles and South Africa, towards the end of the month.

Antonia Flores, master blender at González Byass, said that unusual weather conditions played a large part in the flourishing of this year's flor.

He said: "The Tio Pepe En Rama 2016 is sublime; pungent, fresh and very much in the style of traditional Tio Pepe. Sourced from our founding cellars Rebollo and Constancia where year after year we find the most exceptional wines.

"The mild climate over the past vintage, with an average amount of rainfall and a mild summer has given us a healthy and balanced vintage. A hot July followed by a cool August, thanks to the constant Poniente winds, and an almost spring-like winter created great conditions for the flor to flourish. Additionally, the conditions in the González Byass cellars, ideal average temperatures and the absence of warm Levante winds during maturation were key in allowing the flor to maintain its magic cloak over the surface of the wine; strong and solid throughout the year."

'En Rama' is the local term used by winery workers to refer to wine which has been bottled without fining or filtration, which makes it taste as if it has been drawn straight from the cask.

En Rama has helped to revive the sherry industry in recent years and has been helping to put Andalusian wine back on the international stage.