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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: 4

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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.

Natalie's Score: 90/100

From the McLaren Vale in South Australia, d'Arenberg's The Hermit Crab is a white wine blend of Viognier with about one-third in Marsanne grapes. Simply delicious with ripe stone fruit, white florals, pink grapefruit and a long, subtle spicy finish on the palate. "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.

Viognier Marsanne food pairings: spicy tuna and salmon sashimi, wild rice cranberry stuffed Cornish hens, veal cutlet with ham and masala.

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This d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2017 was reviewed on November 16, 2019 by Natalie MacLean

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Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright CWM rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

An Australian take on a southern Rhone blend, this well known winery does a great job of it. Full of tropical fruit, peach, papaya, and passion fruit. Very forthcoming on the nose, which then translates into a full palate that is rich and exotic and loaded with baked apple. Acid it fairly low, so food pairings should stick to something a little delicate. A small percentage of the wine was in oak for 8 months. Try with a salad Niçoise with freshly grilled tuna. @wrightwineblog
D'arenberg, The Hermit Crab consistently delivers with its Viognier, Marsanne white wine blend Wine grapes are sourced from the cooler McLaren Vale wine region in South Australia and D'arenberg has this white wine blend down to a science with just the right acidity, roundness and texture this rich wine blend does deliver. Ripe apricot and spring florals with a hint of spice on the nose. On the palate, the wine is lush and dry with ginger spice, ripe tropical fruit, soft citrus flavours and creamy on the palate. Exotic and delicious. Chill and pair with roast chicken. - Community Wine Reviews

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