“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)





15 May 2018


They're selling the 2016 model now, which proves this has been overlooked in a wilder corner of my work room for two years. Buried in packaging. My bad. But cool to see what an $18 Langhorne Creek red blend can do after two years of solo rehearsals in the dark. 

What a pity business reality means Bremerton can't hold all these another couple of years before release! It's not as regimentally lumberjacked as the Blass reds were, nor as polished and crewcut, but this reminds me of a less sophisticated version of the blends Blass and Glaetzer famously made from Langhorne Creek from about 1975 to maybe 1990. For awhile in there a Frenchman, a Bordelaise, also made some ravishing Larncrk ravagers for Kaiser Stuhl. Some he blended with Coonawarra. Can't remember his name.  They had black labels. Late '70s.

This drink reminds me of how easily irritated I get thinking of the wines Langhorne Creek could make. If we must have big flat irrigated vignobles, this one should be regarded more like our Medoc, being down there in our only big estuary and all. So what's the hiccup?

Lean, velvety, stacked with the wild red hedgie berries of Bordeaux and a sawpit whisper, this is real good wine for $18 plus two years. Crudit├ęs; cheddar; hot cacciatora; koroniki. 

PS I'm thinking of using FASTRADIOBURSTS for little numbered blats like this. The comma budget's butchered since the funding cuts. Sntces gotrgt shtr. Here's a guide to the wines of Bleasedale:

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