Sherry Shorts: Unsettled En Rama


The Big Fortified Tasting held on Friday in London showcased a few recently bottled (some for the event itself) en rama releases. While most demonstrated wonderful aromas, the wines generally felt a bit disjointed. Now I’m left to wonder whether the 2016 en rama crop is likely to be disappointing or if a few more weeks in bottle will allow them to settle down and fulfil their potential.

I’ve often railed against the perceived wisdom of having to drink en rama within six months of bottling but recognise that ignoring such a timeframe should be a ‘drinker beware’ decision. If these releases do start to come round over the next few weeks, maybe we should now start asking whether en rama sherries need a ‘don’t drink before date’?