D'Arenberg Hermit Crab' /9 2008
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. The nose is generous and expressive with apricot, peach and pear in abundance. Further inspection uncovers more subtle characters of honeysuckle and orange blossom.
Light straw color...held up well in 2014. The Viognier Marsanne bled is true to form, but just not my preference. Well balanced. If I liked this type of blend, it would receive high compliments.
Nose: peach, apricot, spice, honeyed, ginger. Palate: peach, apricot, honeyed, honey suckle, ginger, citrus. Rich and intense, good fresh acidity. Some phenolics.
Tasted this wine at Eddie's of Roland Park: delicious and creamy.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for D'Arenberg Hermit Crab' /9
Shows the aromatics of Viognier with a drier less silky palate lending an exciting raw feel to the pear apricot and spice flavors. Drink now. 5000 cases imported.
The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale Marsanne Viognier has a green, brilliant mid-straw colour and exhibits fresh and tropical fruit with a strong emphasis on stone fruits, pineapple, mango and honeysuckle. The youthful palate is immediately luscious with those tropical fruit, honeysuckle and stone fruit flavours balanced by fresh grapefruit and light butter tastes, before a long persistent fruit finish. The wine shows vibrant freshness with enjoyable hints of hazelnut and slight mineral boney-ness, characteristic of Marsanne. Given time to prove its longevity and most importantly not served over chilled, The Hermit Crab Marsanne Viognier we believe should develop intense, complex nuttiness with emphasis on cashews, as well as butterscotch characters.