Earlier this year we shared a story about a legendary bottle of Penfolds 1987 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon that, against all odds, proved to be one of the most fabulous bottles of wine we’ve ever consumed. With that amazing bottle in mind, and Christmas fast approaching, we thought we’d look at a selection of wines from Penfolds suitable for the various gifting situations life may throw at you.
A bottle of wine is definitely an exceptional choice for mum, but for extra brownie points, we suggest coupling it with a magazine subscription or spa treatment. This distinctive, cool-climate Adelaide Hills Chardonnay has established a strong following since its inception in 1994 and will makethe perfect accompaniment to Dad’s gift. The hand-picked grapes spend nine months in French oak to produce a pale straw coloured wine with an aromatic nose, and delicious white stone fruit characteristics. Mum is sure to love this one.
Of course your old man is grateful for any gift from you, but why not blow the budget this year and impress him with a serious Shiraz. The single-region 2013 RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz is matured in French oak only, creating an opulent style typical of this iconic wine region, contrasting with Grange, which showcases multi regional blending at its very best. And of course suggest in the card, that he open this, alongside your mum’s gift, on your next birthday anyway.
Father-in-Law: 2013 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon
We’ve explored The Penfolds Collection to take the guess work out of this tricky situation. This particular bottle has to fulfil a strict criteria. It needs to show him you’re not cheap, that you’ve got a solid knowledge of wine, and of course be a wine that you want to drink with him, in the future. The 2013 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect solution – a bottle he can cellar, take to a dinner with friends or share with you on that special occasion.
Client: 2013 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz
A gift to a client will share similar criteria to that of the Father-in-law but as the transaction will most likely be via post or courier you can afford to spend a little less, whilst still impressing. At just over $200 for six bottles, you can cover a handful of clients with a solid Australian staple, the 2013 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz. Fine, grainy tannins mesh with black and red cherry fruits to create a wine with as much length as it has definition.
Business Partner: 2012 St. Henri Shiraz
This one is to be presented with one condition… it must be consumed with you. Like many of Penfolds wines St. Henri is highly sought-after, first realised to a commercial market in 1957. A show stopping wine fit for enjoyment now or for years down the track when you’ve achieved a big milestone. As poised and balanced as your inevitable empire.