Tío Pepe, produced by González Byass in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz), is one of the most famous and acclaimed sherries in the world.
This 100 percent sherry is made from Palomino grapes planted at a 600 acre estate on the outskirts Jerez, in the "Jerez Superior" area.
The harvest is carried out manually and the grapes are transported in 15-kg boxes to prevent them from breaking and beginning fermentation prematurely.
The grapes are gently crushed to obtain the first pressing. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. The must obtains 12-13% alcohol content, and will later be used as a "vino fino" (refined wine) or Oloroso sherry.
Wine that is selected to become part of the "criadera" of Tío Pepe is fortified with wine alcohol up to 15% ABV, becoming a "Sobretabla Fino" that will age one more year in American oak casks before becoming part of the "Criaderas y Solera" range, a denomination it will keep for at least five years.
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