Thursday, 25 April 2019

Fino Tio Pepe en rama saca 2019 15%, González Byass

Light brassy lemony gold with golden highlights.
Super fresh and bursting with sourdough and yeastiness and noticeable briny salinity along with traces of straw and very slight hints of bitter almond. Antonio likes using the word "salvaje" (wild, raw), and it is: the flor has reached the fullness of its spring activity after the cold of the winter and you can just feel it running riot. There is a certain fullness too, no doubt from the inland vineyards.
Generous, effusive, complex and very yeasty with a real dryness enhanced by that attractive dry chalky albariza texture. Classic Fino. Acidity is fairly low, though there is a gentle tang and it feels very clean and is dangerously moreish. I really look forward to trying it again after a year in bottle.
This is the tenth annual saca of Tio Pepe en rama, bottled on the 11th April after oenologist Antonio Flores has spent months selecting the best butts from the GB Fino solera accounts for some 21,000 butts and he must taste his way through nearly a quarter of them to find those with the character he is looking for, especially as he sets himself the challenge of making a better wine each year(and he has). This year he was helped by his daughter Silvia who is now a member of the GB wine-making team and together they selected wines from about 67 butts for this saca which was of course bottled without filtration. The grapes came from the pagos Macharnudo and Carrascal and the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and after a spell in sobretablas it joined the last scale of the criaderas. A total of 18,000 bottles are available these days - the first release was only 1,200.
14.65 euros, El Corte Inglés


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