Our first ever wine review in August 2015 featured Fresquito Pedro Ximenez 2014, from Perez Barquero, bought at Marks & Spencer in the UK. This a a tinaja wine and does not see any interaction with oak.
We noticed that they had restocked it this year with the 2015 vintage and as we already had the previous one from 2014 thought it would be interesting to compare the two.
As it says on the M&S website and we certainly agree “This style is best enjoyed young but will keep for 2 years. Ideal chilled as an aperitif, fabulous with Spanish Ibérico Ham, Spanish Tapas or roasted almonds and olives”.
The Taste Off
2014 – 14% ABV
Nose: Floral with sherbet lemons and candied fruits. Walnuts and freshly cut grass moves on to a tangy lemon finish
Palate : Pink grapefruit and redcurrants with lemon zest and ginger
2015 – 14% ABV
Nose: Tropical fruits, mango and pineapple. Then it develops with ripe strawberries on to rhubarb with a touch of vanilla.
Palate: Grapefruit and pineapple, hint of raspberry and finishing with a touch of ripe bananas.
The 2014 bottling was what we had expected and noted previously but not as vibrant and fresh. The 2015 was a refreshing surprise as it was completely different in character.
So what was our preference – both. Very little discernible difference in colour, the 2014 was very slightly darker, but in taste both are refreshing with elegant finishing notes.
Hopefully we will get to try the 2016 next year.