Following my Fathers Day wine post a couple of weeks ago with some gift ideas, this time I would like to introduce you to personalising the actual bottle of wine that you’re giving to your dad on this special day. I’m sure that you’ve heard of the saying “men are like fine wine”, but what if I told you that in fact wines are like fine men - each with defying characteristics and individual traits.
So this Father’s Day if you are thinking on getting a bottle of wine, make it a bit more meaningful by putting some thought into the variety itself. I’m sure your dad will appreciate your wittiness in matching his personality with the wine’s, instead of getting just another well known label.
There are many kinds of fathers out there and each of them are unique in their own way, so here is a list of some stereotypes to help you choose the most fitting wine for the occasion:
The thinker - Pinot Noir
You need a wine that can live up to your dad’s standards when it comes to satisfying his thirst … for knowledge, of course. Pinot Noir has a reputable history and plenty of interesting facts to learn about. This grape variety is one of the oldest in the world which has been around since the Roman times and is also one of the most sought after varieties by wine enthusiasts (also tends to be the most expensive kind). Interestingly, Pinot Noir is the “father” of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, which are simply a colour mutations with identical DNA.
Pinot Noir is a very terroir-sensitive grape variety, so it’s important to factor in the wine region of production when searching for a good quality red of the kind. The Abbey Pinot Noir by Riorret comes from Yarra Valley - "Australia’s Burgundy" which is one of the country’s oldest wine regions with perfect growing conditions for this grape. In fact Riorret (a winery rated 5 stars by James Halliday) spells terroir backwards… Coincidence?! Don’t think so. A single bottle will cost you $39.99 at Dan Murphy’s (don’t forget the free shipping voucher), and if you’re looking to shave off a few bucks check out Vinomofo’s offer on the case of six for $201 including delivery.
The technophile - Sparkling
If your dad is fascinated by technology then you’ll better give him something which needs tech to produce. The process of making sparkling wine will definitely wow him when taking a closer look at the advanced wine making tools and engineering it involves. You could also print out a chart showing the process of producing sparkling wine which your dad can study and admire while sipping on a glass of the bubbly you’ve given him.
If I were to buy a bottle of sparkling for a man, I would go for a red one (as white and pink Champagne is considered a bit of a girls’ drink). I highly recommend Primo Estate’s Joseph Sparkling Red, which has made it into James Halliday’s top 100 list with a score of 95. The best price on a single bottle delivered is available at Dan Murphy’s for $62.99. However, if you’re on a tight budget, check out the NV Sparkling Red Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy, which has also got 90 Halliday-points. You can get one bottle for just $27.98 delivered at Winebox Warehouse. This sparkling red is usually priced $25 across several stores and would only drop to $20 if you were to buy it in a case of 12 at Crackawines before added delivery charges.
The sport enthusiast - Grenache
Your father is a “bit” competitive, perhaps obsessed with sports and most likely finds strength to be one of the qualities what makes a man a “real man”. In wine terms nothing represents that better than a powerful Grenache with a typical alcohol content of over 15% ABV thanks to the amount of heat the grape gets during its lifetime in its typical terroir. Grenache blends such as the better known GSM could also be an option here, have a look at this previous post on my favourite Australian Grenache Shiraz Mouvedres.
Being a bargain hunter, I just could not pass on the opportunity of mentioning this McWilliam's voucher giving you a whopping $100 off on orders over $200. That's almost too good to be true, yet it works on the 2012 vintage Zeppelin Barossa Grenache, which has been given over 90 points by individual wine experts such as James Halliday, Ray Jordan and Gary Walsh. Although initially a bit overpriced, the case of twelve will work out at a total of $162 delivered, which is about $20 less than the price at Crackawines even after making use of their $30 off voucher on the Zeppelin Barossa Grenache.
The charismatic - Merlot
A funny wine to a funny guy… Is your dad an arsenal of (often hilarious) jokes, the life and soul of the party and enjoys being the centre of attention? Introduce him to Merlot. If he has not already found his perfect match in the form of a wine, “lady Merlot” is guaranteed to mesmerise him. Merlot is always fun at blind tastings as it varies widely in taste and can surprise even the experts. Also, Merlot is used in a similar fashion to a person’s humour in a bitter environment in that it softens more tannins, balances the austerity and generally make wines more approachable when blended in.
This might sound like a joke to you, but you can actually get six bottles of Rawson's Retreat Merlot (a red wine made by Penfold's) for just about $35. That translates to $5.90 per bottle, which is the price you would get at both First Choice Liquor and Dan Murphy's. Several other stores are selling this Penfold's Merlot for which they're charging up to $12 per bottle. If you're planning to invest a bit more into your gift, check out Katnook Estate's range of Merlots which are said to be amongst the best ones in Australia. Crackawines has a good selection of Katnook wines, and remember they also have a $30 off voucher which you can apply on any of these cases.
The adventurous - Nebbiolo
If you think of your dad as a guy who’s always up for a new experience and likes exploring all, you should give him something new to try. Anything you haven’t seen at your parents wine cabinet before is a good start. However, I recommend the Nebbiolo which is a rare grape with sweet fruity flavours and tough tannins, offering a new set of distinctive aromas that your dad won’t be able to resist. Although this grape is planted predominantly in Northwest Italy, there are some Australian wineries who have succeeded in producing highly rated, award winning Nebbiolos.
Unless you can afford a $132.90 bottle of brilliant Italian Barbaresco Nebbiolo, I recommend you to choose the Australian version, Tar and Roses Nebbiolo which you can get for just $38.99 a bottle at Dan Murphy’s. It’s great value for money having scored over 90 points by the experts.
The conservative - Shiraz
On the other end of the scale, your father might not make you address him as “sir” but does have a strong appreciation for traditional values by which you were raised. He probably has a strong opinion about almost everything, so a safer bet would be to go for a good old Shiraz. Keeping in mind that he wouldn’t waste money on overpriced statement wines, getting something at a bargain would definitely make him even more proud of you than he already is. Choosing an iconic Barossa Shiraz should add yet another brownie point for being a good citizen by helping the Australian wine trade.
I only stumbled across this bargain at Dan Murphy’s when looking specifically for the Pepperjack Barossa Shiraz. Turns out they have by far the best price on the case of six, one of the better ones I have seen on this award winning Barossa Shiraz. It’s typically priced at over $20 a bottle, and is currently selling for between $20 and $30 at WineMarket, First Choice, Vintage Cellars and Crackawines. Again, seems like Dan is beating everyone even if you disregard their free shipping voucher, selling the case of six for just $95.40 or a single bottle for $16.70. Although OO.com.au and Kemeny’s also have the Pepperjack on sale none of them can offer a better deal on this premium red.
p.s. Do not forget to include a card explaining a bit about your choice of wine. You can even add reviews, notes or charts which you find online to back up your "men are like fine wine" theory with a fitting design to match the theme.