If you’re anything like me, over the years you’ve consumed a small nation’s Domestic Profit’s worth of your old man’s wine … some with permission, most without. So with Father’s Day is just around the corner, it could be time to start the long road to redemption that is restocking your Dad’s wine cellar. The following are my pick of potential gift ideas – beautiful wines from award-winning estates – wines that your Dad will love.
For the Dad who likes celebrating (or perhaps christening yachts) you can’t go past the work of Krug – most notably their Grande Cuvee. While expensive (no less than $300 a pop), its price is a drop in the ocean compared with what the big-guy has spent on you. This multi-vintage masterpiece is lavish with toasty, wooded spice and brioche aromas, sporting a palate complexity that’s nothing short of legendary. And, most importantly, the Grande Cuvee is made up of juice from numerous vintages, which means it is drinking wonderfully now. If you’re well behaved your Dad might pop it while you’re around – an unmitigated win.
For the traditionalist – the man who simply can’t go past the white stuff – Yabby Lake Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay (about $39) is one of the best bottles in the country right now. This Chardonnay from the famed Mornington Peninsula perfectly reflects the philosophy at Yabby Lake – expression over impression. This bottle shows a lifted nose that’s both complex and beguiling. The palate is fine and tightly wound together with a precise mineral intensity. Winemaker Tom Carson is a genius, and his Yabby Lake Chardonnay is truly life-affirming stuff that shows purity of flavours, line and length.
At some point your Dad will go through his Burgundy phase. He’ll move away from the thumping Shiraz and Cabernets of the world and look for something slightly more refined. If that’s the case, avoid Burgundy and look no further than the team at Felton Rd of Central Otago. Their range of Pinot is unparalleled in the southern hemisphere and there is plenty to choose from depending on your budget. Standouts include their Bannockburn (about $45) and Block releases – both Block 3 and 5 will cost you over $100 and need to be tasted to be believed.
For the Dad who likes flavour and loads of it, you can’t go past the award-winning, hugely sought-after Bird in Hand Nest Egg Shiraz. The recent winner of Winestate’s World’s Best Shiraz accolade (a rather big deal!), Nest Egg radiates a vibrant, dark red and a deep purple hue. Packed with varietal aromas of spice, plum, blackberry and white pepper, Nest Egg’s palate is an intense expression of the close attention that this wine received through every step of the winemaking process. The perfect cool-climate Shiraz, this is a real man’s red wine – a bottle worth every penny of its $95 price tag.