I was so amused when I found out how the name FAT bastard came about. Thierry and Guy, the founders of what has become a well-known range of wines here, were tasting an experimental batch of Chardonnay in France. The wine had been kept longer on the yeasty lees in the barrel and had turned into a broad flavoured leesy wine. Guy looked at Thierry and midst belly laughs said “Well, now that’s a FAT bastard,” perfectly describing the wine’s wonderful colour and round, rich palate. This tradition of creating full-bodied wines to be enjoyed with bellyfuls of laughs continues today.
The grapes for the sublime FAT bastard Chenin Blanc 2018 were harvested at perfect ripeness in the early hours of the day to protect the integrity of the grapes, the aromas and the flavours. The grapes were pressed immediately and the wine made with the greatest care in the Robertson Winery.
The name might be fun, but the wine is serious. The full-bodied range of nine Fat bastard wines, with a fascinating story behind its name, includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Shiraz, Pinotage, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and The Golden Reserve, a Bordeaux-style red blend.
From a Burgundy Shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. An elegant label with the golden Hippo on it. In the glass, a pale golden straw colour, and gem bright. The aromas are of stone fruit, guava, honey and white flowers, very enticing. On entry there is a lovely gold thread of acidity which runs through the generous mid palate in the refreshing aftertaste which has a little tropical lime lift at the end. The mid palate is filled with yellow clingstone peaches, melon and guava.
The FAT bastard Chenin Blanc 2018 is a good sipper, rather than a quaffer. Too good to quaff. I always feel that Chenin Blanc is perfect with oriental foods, like sushi or sashimi, a good gentle Kerala Vegetable Curry. I love it with chicken, a good oven roasted chook. None better that Dianne Bibby’s Butter Roasted Chicken. Click here to get her recipe and to see her fabulous website and to read about her latest release, Bibby’s Kitchen.
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