Penfolds, 'Father' Grand TawnySouth Australia, Australia, Fortified, Cork, 18.5% abv
(2016) 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. 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 in just two weeks' time? Watch the video for more information.