November 6, 2017

The 2017 release of Tio Pepe Fino Palmas

In autumn, our legendary winemaker, Antonio Flores was joined by Spanish wine expert Pedro Ballesteros MW to select the barrels for this year’s Palmas release. In the company of fifth generation González family member Vicky González Gordon and Carlos González Gordon they tasted through over 100 wines in order to choose the very best wines for the 2017 Palmas Collection.

Pedro Ballesteros MW is an agricultural engineer with a Master in Viticulture and Winemaking and one of the first Spanish natives to gain his Master of Wine. Although his day job is working in Brussels for the European Commission he has carved out a second career as a well-respected international wine critic, judge and journalist.

Commenting on the tasting experience, Ballesteros said, “For me, first of all, it an unforgettable lesson in the bodega terroir, which is second to none. The flor yeasts transform the wines in unique unrepeatable ways; each bota is a different ecosystem, amazing!

“Finesse, depth and complexity are the distinctive features of Las Palmas. It’s a humbling and highly demanding exercise to spot so subtle concepts in long series of high quality wines. But the results are worth the effort. It was a great team to work with Antonio, Vicky and Carlos, each helping each other not to miss the trait of delicacy in a particular wine, the slightly deeper finish in the other. Thank you to Antonio, the quiet and generous master, for so many things that I have learnt from him.”

With regard to the wines selected Antonio Flores explained, “This year’s selection of the Fino Palmas has been truly exciting. To have Pedro Ballesteros MW tasting with me, a man who, as well as being a friend, has always loved Sherry wines and in particular those biologically aged wines. Working with him has been an absolute treat and luxury. Between the two of us, this year, we have sought out the expression of Albariza and the flor, cask by cask.

“As Pedro points out there are two terroirs in Jerez – that of the vineyard and that of the bodega. I would add a third, that of the bottle. This is because, although it seems incredible, the Palmas wines are amazing when they are left to age. In conclusion, we have bottled the strength of the Albariza soil and the magic of the flor.”

The Tio Pepe Fino Palmas range is made up of four rare, barrel-selected Fino and amontillado sherries, all bottled “en rama” without filtration or clarification.  For almost two centuries, Gonzalez Byass has used the palma chalk mark system to classify its highest quality Finos based on their age and finesse. The youngest of these exceptional wines is given una palma while the older and rarer casks are given up to cuatro palmas. Since the launch in 2012, this range has bagged itself numerous prizes and accolades, including the IWC Fino Trophy for Una Palma and DWWA Best Dry Fortified for Tres Palmas.

Please contact your Account Manager for more information about the range or contact the office on 01707274790 or info@gonzalezbyassuk.com.

Antonio and Pedro Ballesteros


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