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d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2016

Customer Score: 100/100

A d'Arenberg white wine

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Many of McLaren Vale’s vineyards are on free-draining soils underlain with limestone, formed by the calcareous remains of the local marine fauna. One such creature was the Hermit Crab, a reclusive little crustacean that inhabits the cast-off shells of others. The Osborn family thought the name appropriate for this, McLaren Vale’s first ever blend of Viognier and Mar-sanne. “Hermit” is also an abbreviation for the French appellation of Hermitage where the Marsanne grape variety dominates. The nose is generous and expressive with apricot, peach and pear in abundance. Further inspection uncovers more subtle characters of honeysuckle and orange blossom. The palate is full bodied, tight and lively, striking a good balance of weight and acidity. Luscious stone fruit, citrus and melon make way for ginger and spice with the Marsanne component adding a touch of pine nut complexity. Soft powdery tannins provide for a long finish with aromatic spice characters lingering.

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Country Australia
Region South Australia
Grape Viognier, Marsanne
Volume 75cl
Style Fruity and Floral
ABV 13.5%
  • 100 Slurper Rating

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