My heart always does a little somersault when I see a beautiful bottle of Rosé. Even more so when it’s one with a little golden hippo on the label, because we all know that signals it will be a FAT bastard of a wine!
I was generously introduced to the FAT bastard range of wines at an event a few years ago to celebrate Mr. b’s 21st birthday. I immediately fell in love with everything this label stood for. Fun, slightly quirky, yet excellent wines, all tinged with a touch of gold and a giggle of humour.
FAT bastard is so much more than just a range of wines; it’s a lifestyle, a way of being. A reminder to live large and to love even larger. And to always have a second glass.
I was delighted to receive a pretty pink bottle of FAT bastard‘s Rosé 2020 recently, and decided to pair it with something equally decadent: FAT Fig Newtons.
In addition to the Rosé, the FAT bastard range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinotage and a Bordeaux-style red blend, The Golden Reserve.
The brand name might be fun, but the wines are serious. This range of nine high quality, fruit-driven, rich and round, food-friendly wines enjoyed substantial recognition in 2020 at a variety of wine competitions (press release).
FAT bastard Rosé 2020
Tasting notes: Gorgeous salmon pink colour and the ripe sweet strawberry and watermelon aromas are wrapped in floral overtones. Follows onto a creamy palate filled with fresh summer berries and ends on a zippy note.
In the vineyard: Grenache, Cinsault
In the cellar: Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes go through the crusher-destemmer and are then divided, one part going to the pneumatic press, while the other part is put into stainless steel tanks until the juice reaches the perfect colour. The two parts are then blended and vinified with selected yeasts at controlled temperatures.
Cellaring potential: Enjoy now or within 2 to 3 years
Awards and accolades: Rosé Rocks 2020
Cellar door price: The 2020 FAT bastard Rosé can be purchased online at https://shop.fatbastardwine.co.za/ and is widely available national at leading wine retailers, retailing at approximately R95 a bottle.
FAT Fig Newtons
With plump, fat figs in season, I couldn’t help myself to pair this romantic bottle of blush wine with an equally romantic fruit. A sign of fruitfulness and blessings, I counted mine as I stirred a pot of jammy, royal ruby coloured fig preserve.
Whilst my figs slowly bubbled into decadence, I rolled out the biscuity base and top, crammed full of fragrant citrus zest and vanilla. Wedged between baked layers of biscuit, all that was left over was to cut the Newtons into crumbly squares and pour a glass of Rosé.
The FAT bastard Rosé is so deliciously delicate, yet voluptuous and curvy in its fruit-driven aromas. Red berries, purple berries, strawberries – layered complexity in each sip.
The FAT Fig Newtons paired perfectly to a chilled glass. The vibrant acidity of the Rosé complemented the palate-sticking gooeyness of the fig preserve; the crumbly biscuit the catalyst of a long, pleasant finish.
FAT bastard wines are my feel-good wines. When in doubt, you know you can depend on the golden hippo to spread cheer and good vibes. Best shared with family or friends, these “living large” moments are the ones that truly matter.
Thank you, FAT bastard and Mr. b, for sharing your wine philosophy with us through your beautiful range of wines!
Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated / credited, are also my own.
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