To make the Fat bastard Shiraz we source wines in the Minervois area near Carcassonne, in the Pezenas sector, and in the north of Nimes. These vineyards present excellent conditions for the Shiraz vines. The stony soil and a perfect microclimate yields mature grapes with a high concentration of color and aromas.
The origin of the Fat bastard: Thierry (renowned French winemaker) & Guy (British wine industry rebel) created Fat bastard almost by accident. It started out as an experiment Thierry had been doing in the back of his cellar, leaving a barrel "on the lees" (yeast cells). He didn't know what to expect, but when the friends tried the wine Thierry exclaiment … "Now zat iz what you call eh Phet bast-ard!" (read with strong French accent). This very British expression perfectly described the wine's wonderful color and round, rich palate so that's what they called it.
Tasting notes: Rich and dense with complex aromas of blackberries, licorice and vanilla. Tannins are ripe and delicate.
Bubbles in wine were known to vintners long before they could reliably capture and preserve this phenomenon in the bottle. As a natural byproduct of the fermentation process, carbon dioxide is released in the liquid to provide a "sparkle." In the Northern climates, cold weather sometimes arrives ...