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d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2017 Wine Review

d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2017

d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2017

Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $17.95

Drink: 2019-2022

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Winery: d'Arenberg

Agent: Churchill Cellars Ltd.

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Winemaker Chester Osborn has a terrific reputation for his shiraz and cabernet wines, but this white blend of Viognier with about one-third Marsanne grapes is terrific! Not a lot of oak, but it combines with the fruit vibrancy to create an intriguingly rich and delicious wine. Aromas of apricot and white flowers with a dash of spice on the finish. Pair with mild curries and spices. MINE: From the McLaren Vale in South Australia, d'Arenberg's The Hermit Crab (2016) is a white wine blend of Viognier with about one-third in Marsanne grapes. Delicious with a nose of ripe apricots, peaches and floral white flowers, the wine is delicious to the finish. "The Hermit Crab" is so named for the reclusive crab that long-ago were known to reside in South Australia, but also for the French "Hermitage" wine region home to the Marsanne grape. OTHER: The Hermit Crab was McLaren Vale's first-ever blend of Viognier and Marsanne. The 2017 version is richly textured, round and zesty. The acidity is bright, refreshing and balanced. There's a gorgeous, delicate ginger spice note underlying the generous grapefruit, melon and tropical fruit, and the lees ageing introduces even more complexity and depth. There's more than just a hint of the exotic about this. Pair it with crab or lemongrass chicken. (Vintages panel, April 2019). - Community Wine Reviews

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