TIO PEPE Fino en Rama is the maximum expression of biological ageing; Tio Pepe without filtration or clarification, taken directly from the barrel in Spring when the ‘flor’ growth is at its thickest. Due to the uniqueness of this product it is produced in very small quantities and it is best drunk within 3 months of bottling. ‘En Rama’ is the local jargon used by winery workers to refer to wine in its unrefined and most delicate state, prior to the normal stabilization, clarification and filtering processes. ‘En Rama’ expresses the unique character of Jerez: the penetrating aromas of the cellars and the intensity of the ‘flor’, the yeast which interacts with the wine giving its unique and delicate character.
Tio Pepe is produced from the Palomino Fino grape variety grown in the chalky ‘albariza’ soil of Jerez. The unique ageing system of Solera and Criaderas contributes to its remarkably consistent quality. It is aged under a protective covering of fresh, naturally occuring yeast, ‘flor’ for a minimum of 5 years in the quietness of the cellar.
Each year we delve into our extensive archives to find an historic label that represents the sense of place and history encapsulated by this pure expression of Tio Pepe.