“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)





12 January 2015


Peter Lehmann having a quiet schlück from his latest trophy, back in the good old days ... photo Milton Wordley ... I think it was the Stodart Trophy. 

SALE: Margaret Lehmann, and her winemaking sons, David and Philip, have decided to begin selling parts of the vast cellar Peter had assembled in the vault below their large house. 

Peter and Margaret engaged Jeremy Holmes to catalogue the cellar. He was part way into the vast task when Peter died.

You'll have to join his mailing list to get details, but Jeremy can be contacted here.

Of the initial parcel to hit the market, Jeremy says: "The first release includes vintage ports from as far back as 1945 as well as Saltram clarets from 1948-1953 and Saltram shiraz from most years between 1954-1976. Prices range from $120 to $999 per bottle and each wine will be checked, re-corked and sealed by Margaret Lehmann’s winemaker sons David and Phil."

The Lehmann kitchen after PL's wake (photo Philip White). I wondered that night whether Herr und Frau Hess, left, were wondering about divesting of their major shareholding in the Peter Lehmann company. Body language. 

Margaret (centre right), David and Philip opened many glories from that mighty cellar, including generous lashings of the spellbinding 1970 Saltram red Peter had made for his wedding to Margaret. 

Below is a photo Dragan Radocaj made of the author with David and Philip Lehmann at the wake in the Old Redemption cellar, bottom is David Lehmann's shot of the DRINKSTER selecting a bottle. It's a pity PL wasn't there.


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