“Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’

Probably takes a drink or two to connect like that: he literally paints his senses on the page.”


DBC Pierre (Vernon God Little, Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out In Wonderland ... Winner: Booker prize; Whitbread prize; Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman prize; James Joyce Award from the Literary & Historical Society of University College Dublin)


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13 February 2014

VINTAGE 14 - VEHICLES RESTING IN RAIN




4 comments:

Anonymous said...


And I bet you write this vintage off like you did for the 2011 even though there were many fantastic wines produced. Unfortunately you and other idiot wine writers spoilt the sales of 2011 for many small winemakers who DID produce terrific wines.
Do us all a favour and say nothing more about 2014 vintage.

Philip White said...

I'm a bit busy to be dealing with a cowardly twerp with no name, but I skipped back a few pages and found this. I reckon it's the most recent reviews I made of wines from 2011. If you were a reader, you'd realise I have recommended many lovely 2011 wines. But try this on for starters: http://drinkster.blogspot.com/2013/11/2011-pikeliest-of-pikes-marius.html

Philip White said...

Mark Gifford ‏@BluePoles: Sounds like a bit of a deep thinker... Obviously abreast of all that you've written

Gary Walsh ‏@winefront: it’s all the fault of the Mighty Wine Writer. Nothing to do with what’s in bottle.

Mark Gifford ‏@BluePoles: Yep - bastards one and all ;-)

Gary Walsh ‏@winefront: well that’s pretty much true :)

Philip White @whiteswine: I'll recognise him/her by the back label. They think ALC/VOL is where you put your IQ.

Mark Gifford ‏@BluePoles: Bejeesus, lucky you're in the Mac Vale, you guys are smarter than the rest of us by 2-3 points :))

Philip White @whiteswine: Of course! [Although I've seen some pretty smart 13.5ers going through.]

Dudley Brown @TheWineRules1: 2011 had a 75 mm rain that was all good two weeks before the deluge. The deluge was bad.

Philip White @whiteswine: And I didn't start it.

Dudley Brown @TheWineRules1: how good is that?

Philip White @whiteswine: Lotta things that I never started, Dudley.

Dudley Brown @TheWineRules1: I meant the thread, not the rain. :)

Philip White @whiteswine: Oh well. Never been my job to be popular.

Simon Burnell @SmellBurnel: an easy job to do well ... what has SA done to deserve these wrath-of-god vintages? Is this one 08, 09 and 11 combined?

Dudley Brown @TheWineRules1: an 05 start, an 09 middle and an 11 end! And, once again, seriously good fruit on the vine. Game on.

Philip White @whiteswine: Careful Simon - some tool-brained pissant with no name will come at you with a waddy!

Simon Burnell @SmellBurnel: the comment on the photo was like he had a draft saved for some time - was just waiting for rain to germinate it.

Philip White @whiteswine: I could have binned it, but people should know about some of the shit I/we get. The 2011 abuse never lets up.

Simon Burnell @SmellBurnel: can't edit out all the goons.

Ross McKay said...

Hey that's a pretty funny post though - it's the reason why one is warned against PUI