£14.99-£15.50, Amps Wine, Lea & Sandeman, Master of Malt, Tanners, The Wine Society, Majestic
En rama sherry is all about drinking pale, dry sherry as they do on its home turf in Jerez: newly bottled and barely filtered so that you get engaging freshness together with fuller flavour.
In fact, because the flor was particularly healthy in the bodega over the winter, the quintessential, yeasty flor flavours in this year's bottling, the 12th edition, are even more intense – think sourdough toast, salty green olives, grilled almonds, sea spray and green apple. There's also a little more colour than in the regular year-round Tio Pepe. This year's Fino En Rama was bottled, in necessarily limited quantities as always, in the second week of April from 82 specially chosen barrels in the Tio Pepe solera.
Serve it chilled in a wine glass, preferably with an array of olives, salted or Marcona almonds, prawns, squid, jamón and other cured and smoked meats, croquetas, tortilla, Manchego... and dream of being in Jerez (I wish). 15%
Tio Pepe Fino En Rama (2021 bottling), Jerez, Spain
£14.50–£16.95, Lea & Sandeman, Amps Wine, Master or Malt, Tanners, The Wine Society, Majestic, Saxtys Wines, The Solent Cellar (also has half bottles). The following also have half-bottles: Lunya (Liverpool), Woodthorpe Wines, Cambridge Wine Merchants