New Wine Alert: Fat Bastard Launches A Merlot And A Pinot Noir Rosé


Come and enjoy a chilled Fat Bastard with me, how does that sound?  The name has a funny ring to it but on a serious note, Fat Bastard is a high quality, fruit-driven, rich and round, the food-friendly range of wines, with a delightful story behind its name.  The range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinotage, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon

Fat Bastard has now added two new  wines to their range:


  • A soft, juicy, rich and rounded ruby-coloured Merlot oozing ripe berries, and
  • A gorgeous salmon pink Pinot Noir Rosé; dry yet smooth and creamy and bursting with fruit.


Why Fat Bastard?


When Thierry and Guy first created these delicious wines, they did it with gusto. They poured their hearts, souls and great dollops of generosity into every bottle. In fact, it was a great big discovery (in wine-making terms) that led to the name ‘Fat Bastard’.  It comes from having left the wines on the lees for a lot longer than usual, which allowed it to develop more fully and completely, and when tasted, there was simply no other way to describe it other than: “Well, now that’s a fat bastard!” This tradition of creating full-bodied wines to be enjoyed with bellyfuls of laughs and good-natured cheer continues today.  Robertson Winery’s winemakers give nothing short of their all when meticulously nurturing the Fat Bastards to perfection. Whether it’s a celebration, a kuier or a ‘come on over!’, there’s a Fat Bastard (or two) waiting to be opened.

Fat Bastard Merlot
Fat Bastard Merlot


Fat Bastard Merlot 2013


The Fat Bastard Merlot  was made from carefully selected grapes with the aim to produce ripe-flavoured and silky textured wine. All fruit was de-stemmed, gently pressed and whole berry fermented to retain fruit aromas and character. The wine was aged in small oak barrels for 16 months, which added greater weight and complexity. This wine has a deep ruby colour and ripe berry aromas leading to a juicy palate of blackberries, plums and black cherries, with soft, rounded tannins.  Dishes such as roast lamb, oxtail or lamb cutlets are recommended for this wine.  The Fat Bastard Merlot is available nationally and retails between R95 and R100.

Fat Bastard Pinot Noir Rosé
Fat Bastard Pinot Noir Rosé


Fat Bastard Pinot Noir Rosé


The Fat Bastard Pinot Noir Rosé (see featured image), made from carefully selected grapes grown in limestone rich soils, were gently cold-pressed to extract the lovely salmon pink colour. Enticing ripe sweet strawberry and watermelon aromas wrapped in floral overtones follow onto a creamy palate filled with fresh summer berries, and ending on a zippy note. This is wine to be enjoyed well chilled on any sunny day.  Suggested food pairings are seared salmon, beef carpaccio or BBQ ribs.  The Fat Bastard Pinot Noir Rosé is available nationally and retails between R75 and R80.


Robertson Winery, 160km from Cape Town, is situated in the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley. The tasting room is open seven days a week.

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About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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