Penfolds, 'Father' Grand Tawny
South Australia, Fortified, Cork, 18.5% abv
Could any wine be more apt for Father's Day (June 19th this year in the UK) than one actually called 'Father'? Fortified, Port-like wines (where some brandy spirit is added to the part fermented wine to leave it strong but sweet) have a long, very noble history in Australia and this particular example was given very long ageing in oak casks to create its tawny style - over 15 different harvests are in the blend. It is nutty and mellow with wonderfully rich aromas of coffee, walnut and Seville orange, then has a beautifully sweet and soft palate where the spirit is not too obtrusive. Given that this wine is branded 'Father', what better gift might there be for Father's Day indeed, but it just spemdid any time? Watch the video for more information on this wine and some food-matching suggestions.
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