there are some new reviews oozing though here, but we're not deckin em up all pretty til we work out an otherwise unborn style for this sleazy rube we call drankster


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22 August 2008


Cleggett Langhorne Creek Shalistin 2006

$15; 13.5% alcohol; screw cap; 88 points

Mac Cleggett found some freak cabernet grapes turning bronze in 1977, so he propagated cuttings. By 1991 the bronze vines were throwing white grapes which he propagated, and registered as shalistin, a variety he now owns. As wine, it’s more like pinot gris than sauvignon blanc: a viscous, dry, waxy, green melon thing for ginger chilli chicken. It’d be good to see a more feral winemaking philosophy thrown at it. Like more nature, less industry.

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