“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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27 April 2018

FIRST McLAREN VALE MANGO DEVOURED

I always thought their McCarthy's Orchard quinces were inspirational, and their glorious old-vine sandhill-grown reds the most lubricious accompaniment, but I've just shared with the marvellous Lisa and Mark the first mango grown in McLaren Vale. Which is hardly the place to attempt growing tropical fruit.

But given their determined approach to growing the most delicious fruits, wines, cider and perry, this remarkable couple don't know "no". These two live to grow the most delicious matters of healthy sustenance. "Tropical? I reckon I can grow that here ... "


Having never written tasting notes for mangoes, please forgive me for saying the damn thing was more intensely-flavoured than the higher-yielding, faster-growing tropical versions. Simply delicious. 

As were the slurpy prickly pears Lisa served as an accompaniment. With their bright, appetising rosé, their persimmons and cheese. They have donkeys, chickens, a grumpy Sheltie pony, and a new tasting room under construction, but no cheese factory. Yet.

You can easily while away an afternoon there on Sand Road: visit the exemplary Goodieson's Brewery on one side of the track, then call in at McCarthy's opposite. They have a bounteous cool room there stacked with their produce. Don't forget to slide your money into the honour box. You wouldna want wee Mark chasing you ...

1 comment:

My Life said...

Now that, (apparently), I'm not going to die, (as previously expected), seriously thinking of putting one in at Clovelly Pk.
Think it should do well here.