Dad, well he's just someone so special so I thought I would recommend some extra special wines which you should consider as a potential gift for Dad this September. These wines are a little more expensive than I usually recommend but these wines (and your Dad) are most definitely worth it.
When it comes to a Pinot Noir for a gift I usually recommend something from Central Otago as the region carries prestige and this one from Quartz Reef is also organic and biodynamic and has flavours of delicious dark berries, black plums, blackberries and an earthy savoriness. This wine is complex and very delicious. If you can still find the 2015 then I definitely recommend you grab it but if not the 2016 is still delicious, but just a little spicier. Widely available for $48
Waiheke winery Man O War is synonymous with quality and this is definitely the case when it comes to the 2014 Belleraphon, their premium Syrah Viognier. Because this Syrah has the addition of a splash of Viognier, the wine is spicier, more floral and more approachable than a pure Syrah and a great wine for the Dad that loves a fuller bodied wine and for only $41 it's a great gift choice.
Some wines are just next level special and “The Great Riddler” Chardonnay 2016 from Palliser Estate is just such a wine. Named after Palliser founder Richard Riddiford who sadly passed away in 2016, this wine is a tribute to a remarkable man who was one of the people responsible for putting Martinborough on the wine map.
Richard's favourite wine was Chardonnay, and his final vintage was 2016 making this super limited edition wine (Only 500 bottles exist) the ultimate recognition of a wonderful man - and isn't that what Father's Day is really all about.
Disclaimer at the time of going to air I hadn't tried this wine as it had arrived the same day and it was a last minute addition to my on air piece but I knew when I heard this story and saw the presentation I just had to recommend this wine. Knowing the quality of the wine Palliser produce I have no doubts about the deliciousness of this wine but the tasting notes describe as follows: "Medium-full bodied, ripe yellow stonefruits, tropical fruit and citrus fruit Rich & mouthfilling with luxurious, creamy barrel-ferment textures", this wine comes in the most stunning packaging imaginable and at $85 the ideal present for your remarkable dad (if he likes Chardonnay that is!). This wine is only available from the Palliser Estate website but if you order now I am sure they can get it to you in time for Father's Day.
Click the link below to hear my chat with Carly Flynn on RadioLIVE about this incredible wines.