The Halliday Wine Companion is the bible of Australian wine and the 2019 edition has just been released. The 2016 Our Fathers has been given 95points while the 2015 gets 94 points. In describing the '16, James Halliday says:
"Deep crimson-purple; many of the thumbprints of Bachelor’s Block are repeated here, but with a lighter/ scaled- down matrix. You don’t need any encouragement to buy the wine, and the profits are donated to health charities (details from www.ourfathers.co.uk). This is an elegant Barossa Shiraz in every respect, the balance perfect. Cork. 14% alc. To: 2036."
Why not see whether you can tell the difference between a 95point wine and a 94 point wine?!
Wine with Heart
Any donation to charity is a good one, and it's what Our Fathers is all about. To date, the donation made have been to support charities that helped those around me but it was time to thank those people that helped me in my hour of need.
Back in 2015, not long after the release of the first vintage, I had a heart attack out of the blue. The treatment I received, some of it experimental, was in no doubt supported by the British Heart Foundation.
The BHF does amazing work in the fight against cardiovascular disease and so i'm delighted to be able to share that this week Our Fathers has donated £1000 to the BHF.
Thank you to all those who have bought Our Fathers and made this donation possible.
2016 Our Fathers Score the Highest Yet!
Campbell Mattinson, one of Australia's most respected wine critics, recently tasted the new vintage 2016 Our Fathers and gave it a resounding 95pts!
"Dark in colour. Broody and rich to taste. Sweet plum, blackberry, coal and cedarwood. A rake of assertive, dry, fruit-soaked tannin. Barossa shiraz as a mothership of flavour. Structure to match. Made in a sweet, power-packed style but a fantastic wine at that."
12 000 Views for Our Fathers Creation Story in Edinburgh Evening News
Holyrood Pr, an Edinburgh based PR company very generously donated their services to help support the work of Our Fathers in the form of some videography and press work. The result was some amazing videos and great coverage in the Scottish National Press.
Check out this link to the video:
Why Our Fathers is a genuine Craft product!
Tasting Our Fathers with Giles Cooke MW
Supporting Suicide Prevention
Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) is the latest benefactor of Our Fathers' generous supporters. Our latest donation of £1500 will go towards suicide prevention campaigns and will, in a small way, save lives. Thanks to everyone who has bought a few bottles and made this possible.
"A wine that tastes as good as it looks, this is made by my fellow Master of Wine, Giles Cooke (we passed in the same year), who donates all of the profits to charity. Sourced from the Ebenezer sub-region of the Barossa Valley, it's rich, but well balanced, with subtle oak, refreshing acidity, fine-grained tannins and sweet bramble and bluberry fruit. Long and refreshing with a savoury tang"
Wine of the Week
Tim Atkin MW
"Dense fruit matched to sinewy tannin. It’s always a good combination. Cassis and redcurrant, creamy oak and crushes of earth/dried spice. It feels velvety and accordingly, it flows through the mouth in seductive fashion. Impeccably grown, made and presented"
Our Fathers Second Donation!
Our Fathers is also committed to supporting Mental Health charities and so it gave me immense satisfaction to be able to make a donation of £1000 to SAMH, Scottish Association for Mental Health. This money will be used to support their work on suicide prevention - an issue so, so close to my heart.
Our Fathers First Donation!
The Original inspiration for Our Fathers was the desire to give something back to those who had supported my father through his final days. I was so pleased to be able to make the first donation of £2000 to St Columbas Hospice, Edinburgh earlier this year.
Here's a picture of me placing a rememberance daisy in their special garden. Thanks to everyone who has supported Our Fathers and made this support possible.
"Beautifully pakaged. Sweet lively raspberry and plum notes with some blackcurrant too. Fresh with a complex savoury baking and notes of herbs, pepper and ginger. Nicely supple and quite elegant, this is made in a warm ripe style as befits the Barossa, but with plenty of silky elegance and a supple personality"
Rose Murray Brown MW
" My top choice is Our Fathers Shiraz 2014, created by fellow Master of Wine Giles Cooke in memory of his father who died of lung cancer. Cooke wanted to give something back, so instead of running a marathon e selected a 125 year old vineyard in the Barossa Valley - and made a Shiraz. And its one of the best Barossa Shiraz I have tasted, with overt wild berry and violet aromas, a lush soft palate with beautifully ripe tannins and a fine long finish"
Justin Howard-Sneyd MW
" Intriguing, herbal, fragrant and lithe Shiraz with lots of complex red fruit- hints of raspberry and liquorice. Lovely concentration of old vine fruit, yet refreshing and moreish"