Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Tio Pepe en rama 2017 15%, González Byass

Lightly strawy gold with amber and golden highlights, legs.
Powerful flor yeast notes with hints of bread dough and bitter almond dominate a faint Palomino fruit note, and there is certainly some salinity. Super fresh, and as its maker Antonio Flores says, it is "alive and wild" yet it has considerable depth and is certainly more complex than standard Tio Pepe.
It really grabs the attention with a most attractive attack with full-on flor and salinty which gives way to a full, softer, deeper rounder Jerez style of Fino. Acidity is low, but replaced by the flor bitterness which gives it its wild character. It is very dry and clean with lots of flavour and terrific length.
"Vivo y salvaje" as the bodegas describes it (lively and raw/wild), the 2017 release, which is the eighth edition, comes from 60 butts, laboriously and skilfully chosen from an initial selection of 100 by oenologist Antonio Flores in the bodega La Constancia. The cold winter was followed by seemingly endless wind from the Levante but the flor did a good job of protecting the wine, which was bottled when it was at  its thickest point, and the result is excellent, bursting with yeasty saline freshness. Another success.The new wine was launched by Antonio Flores at the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, close to the famous illuminated Tio Pepe sign. You can see the man himself at work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXjDjOws_KQ
16 euros, Los Patios de Beatas, Malaga

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