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D'Arenberg "Hermit Crab" Viognier-Marsanne Mclaren Vale South Australia 2009

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The nose is expressive and rich with orange peel, candied ginger, apricot, and citrus notes. The Marsanne shows itself in the peach and nutty complexity which is married nicely with an appealing straw like vegetal character. The palate has a lovely balance of sweetness, palate weight, and acidity. Lemon and lime characters are prominent on the palate with a lively granny smith apple acidity providing great focus. With some bottle age the stone fruit notes become more prominent with less emphasis on the citrus spectrum.

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d’Arenberg has developed an enviable reputation with their range of idiosyncratic wines. From the Stump Jumps through to the highly regarded Icons, these wines offer value, individuality and a true taste of McLaren Vale. The Icons The Ironstone Pressings, The Coppermine Road, The Dead Arm Shiraz The Icons are the most powerful and concentrated of d’Arenberg’s wines. Compris... Read more
d’Arenberg has developed an enviable reputation with their range of idiosyncratic wines. From the Stump Jumps through to the highly regarded Icons, these wines offer value, individuality and a true taste of McLaren Vale. The Icons The Ironstone Pressings, The Coppermine Road, The Dead Arm Shiraz The Icons are the most powerful and concentrated of d’Arenberg’s wines. Comprising of the Dead Arm, the Coppermine Road and the Ironstone Pressings, this range represents the pinnacle of d’Arenberg’s efforts. Century old, low-yielding vines produce intensely flavored fruit which is traditionally vinified and undergoes rigorous barrel-selection prior to classification. Chester's Champions The Lucky Lizard, The Twentyeight Road, The Last Ditch, The Money Spider, The Feral Fox, The Sticks & Stones, The Derelict Vineyard, The Cadenzia, The Galvo Garage, The Laughing Magpie Since the early 1900’s, d’Arenberg has pioneered innovative wine styles and varietal plantings. Chester’s Champions represent d’Arenberg’s most exciting new ventures, offering an eclectic alternative to the known and loved bastions of the portfolio. The Classic Red Stripes The Dry Dam, The Broken Fishplate, The Olive Grove, The Hermit Crab, The Custodian, The High Trellis, d’Arrys Original, The Love Grass, The Footbolt. The Classic Red Stripes represent the backbone of the d’Arenberg range. Considered the epitome of d’Arenberg’s style, they are a reflection of skillful winemaking and unique terroir – regionally expressive, fruit-forward and approachable. The Stump Jumps Stump Jump White, Stump Jump Red, Stump Jump Shiraz Named after an important South Australian invention – the Stump Jump plough, these wines are typically light- or un-oaked, offering a fresh, approachable view of McLaren Vale’s premium varietals. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for D'Arenberg "Hermit Crab" Viognier-Marsanne Mclaren Vale South Australia

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
04/03/2012

Very floral on the nose with notes of lilac and jasmine topping apricot fruit, cut through by minerality. Lovely entry with a nice vein of acid leading the way, only to be wrapped up in light, round fruit on the mid-palate. There’s a nice nectarine, apricot quality to the fruit, which is not terribly ripe but fresh and bright with more floral/herbal notes on the back end. Leads to a fairly long finish replete with hints of honey and a fine, subtle raw nutmeat note and some mineral spice on the finale. 89pts


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Snooth User: Kate Statton
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4.00 5
03/26/2012

Mild taste and nicely light. I like this.


Snooth User: KrisChislett
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4.00 5
07/17/2011

The apricot and peach flavors really explode as you pour it into the glass! Just a beautiful perfume on the nose! The stone fruit flavors continue on the palate, also with green apple and just a hint of nectarine and pink grapefruit. The fruit gives way to floral and spice flavors, a slight nutty quality, all ending with a creamy mouthfeel. Not too acidic, but enough to keep it interesting. The ever so slight amount of oak treatment, gives a definite additional layer of complexity and spice. This is back-patio wine, but could also do some serious damage (in a good way) when paired with the right food dish! I could drink this all day.


External Reviews for D'Arenberg "Hermit Crab" Viognier-Marsanne Mclaren Vale South Australia

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/06/2011

The palate has a lovely balance of sweetness, palate weight and acidity. Lemon and lime characters are prominent on the luscious palate with a lively granny smith apple acidity providing great focus.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/29/2011

Very pretty, with floral, passion fruit and pineapple aromas and flavors up front. Settles into an apricot silkiness on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The Hermit Crab is a plump, medium-bodied blend of Viognier (72%) and Marsanne (28%). Although it retains some Viognier-like elements of melon fruit and fullness of texture, some of the varietyrsquo;s distinctiveness appears to have been blended away by the Marsanne, leaving a less expressive but still nicely balanced and more versatile white wine.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/29/2011

Light gold. Really showing its viognier today, with scents of white peach, pear, honey and baking spices. Juicy pit fruit flavors become firmer in the middle, with tangy acidity providing lift. A touch dry on the finish but provides excellent palate coverage and lingers with intense minerality.



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The nose is expressive and rich with orange peel, candied ginger, apricot, and citrus notes. The Marsanne shows itself in the peach and nutty complexity which is married nicely with an appealing straw like vegetal character. The palate has a lovely balance of sweetness, palate weight, and acidity. Lemon and lime characters are prominent on the palate with a lively granny smith apple acidity providing great focus. With some bottle age the stone fruit notes become more prominent with less emphasis on the citrus spectrum.

Dietary Information: Organic


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