Thursday 21st May is International Chardonnay Day, a special day to reflect on the wonderfully diverse and most planted white grape in the world! Hailing from Burgundy, France, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere and is one of the most versatile food-friendly wines out there.
Enter the FAT bastard Chardonnay, one of South Africa’s favourite Chardonnays that continues to win hearts and fill glasses.
The recently released FAT bastard Chardonnay 2019 is not only delicious: rich and round, fruit driven and food friendly. It is also extremely well priced and a worthy successor to the 2018 vintage which top scored at Winemag.co.za’s Best Value Chardonnay Tasting last year.
Tasting notes: Before you take a sip, appreciate the golden glow of this classic Chardonnay, and breathe in the expressive tropical fruit aromas intermingling with rich buttery notes and undertones of vanilla. Then, take a sip and relish the full and creamy texture on your palate, followed by a fruity intensity. Swallow and savour this lush and alluring Chardonnay, where every sip is followed by an uplifting citrus finish that can only be described as tasting like… more.
Retail price: The FAT bastard Chardonnay, the original and most awarded FAT bastard wine, is widely available nationally, retailing between R85 and R95.
The Story: We all love a story and the Fat Bastard Chardonnay certainly has a good story to tell. FAT bastard wines have been well-loved since they were created, almost by accident by Thierry and Guy. When tasting an experimental batch of Chardonnay at the back of the cellar, that had been kept in barrel with yeast sediment longer than usual and had developed a very full-bodied taste, Guy exclaimed in delight amongst a bellyful of laughter, “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. “Much like a glass of FAT bastard wine, life should be filled to the brim and enjoyed in large, delicious gulps. #LiveLarge”. This is the voice of Mr. b. He’s gold, he’s grand and he lives life at the big end of large! He’s the granddaddy of FAT bastard wines, loving them with great gusto.
The Food: Sipping on a glass of chilled FAT bastard Chardonnay is heavenly but enjoying it with a delectable dish specially created to accompany the wine takes enjoyment to another level. Lose the lockdown blues and #LiveLarge in the comfort of your own home with some full-bodied feasting tips from FAT bastard’s favourite foodie friends:
Simply Delicious Prawns by Alida Ryder
Blackberry & Goats Cheese Green Salad by Clara Jane
For recipes visit https://www.fatbastardwine.co.za/fat-inspirations or see attached.
FAT bastard Range of Wines: The name might be fun, but the wine is serious. This high quality, fruit-driven, rich and round, food-friendly range of nine wines, with a delightful story behind its name, includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Pinotage, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, The Golden Reserve (Bordeaux-style red blend) and a Rosé. The FAT bastard wines are widely available nationally and retail between R85 and R95 (white wines) and between R110 and R120 (red wines).