Tio Pepe aged and unfiltered Palma sherry

A statue of Manuel Maria Gonzalez Angel who founded the Tio Pepe bodega at González Byass winery. (Photo: Wikipedia)

My love for sherry was rekindled recently when I took delivery of three x 500ml bottles of Tio Pepe especially bottled for their Palma collection.

A Palma is a chalk mark on the head of a barrel containing sherry that had finesse and the potential to develop well.

A palma is a chalk mark on the head of a barrel containing sherry that had finesse and the potential to develop well. Barrels could also be marked as “dos palmas”, “tres palmas” etc. according to their degree of concentration and finesse.

Tio Pepe Una Palma Fino NV

A selection of the best three out of 139 barrels (butts) with an average age of six years. Surprisingly fresh and concentrated sherry—an absolute delight to taste. Quite salty with a backbone of lively acidity. A nutty, yeasty wine, with a slightly bitter finish. Unfined and unfiltered. (NZD $57.99)

Tio Pepe Dos Palmas Fino NV

A selection of the best three out of 148 butts with an average age of 8 years. Unfined and unfiltered. Amber-coloured with toasted nut, oyster-shell, and dried flower flavours. Full, rich wine—quite mellow. (NZD $59.99)

Tio Pepe Cuatro Palmas Amontillado NV

Very old Amontillado with an average age of 53 years. Concentrated and complex aroma of furniture polish, caramel, nuts, iodine (reminds me of an Islay single malt) with a salty, bitter finish. Extraordinary wine. Shows its age. (NZD $161.99)

All are available from Centre City Wines and Spirits in Wellington.


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