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D'Arenberg 'Hermit Crab' Marsanne Viognier 2012

External Review by The Wine Buyer:

Medium golden color leads to a sweetly ripe nose of apricots and honeysuckle. The palate is big textual and warmish with sweet apricot and stewed pear flavors.

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Crab Farm Winery:
Crab Farm Winery celebrates limited amounts of hand crafted quality produced wine. Our family concern is situated in Bay View just north of Napier. Being less than 200 metres from the Pacific Ocean provides the vineyard with moderate night temperatures, lessening the chances of frost damage. The vineyard grows on a site of river metal silt and ex-marine muds. Before the 1931 earthquake, more ... Read more
Crab Farm Winery celebrates limited amounts of hand crafted quality produced wine. Our family concern is situated in Bay View just north of Napier. Being less than 200 metres from the Pacific Ocean provides the vineyard with moderate night temperatures, lessening the chances of frost damage. The vineyard grows on a site of river metal silt and ex-marine muds. Before the 1931 earthquake, more than half of this area was under estuary tidal waters. This huge natural disaster raised Crab Farm by 9 feet. The opportunity to grow grapes on this site 50 years later was taken up by James and Hamish Jardine. Read less

External Reviews for D'Arenberg 'Hermit Crab' Marsanne Viognier

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
04/23/2014

Medium golden color leads to a sweetly ripe nose of apricots and honeysuckle. The palate is big textual and warmish with sweet apricot and stewed pear flavors.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
11/12/2013

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 Marsanne. Hermit is also an abbreviation for the French appellation of Hermitage, where the Marsanne grape variety dominates.



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