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 lea... Read more
Floral and citrus on the nose. Low on the acid and full bodied in the mouth. Long grapefruit finish. Nice for a change. Read more
Mild taste and nicely light. I like this. Read more
Food Pairings for D'Arenberg White Rhone Blend Mclaren Vale the Hermit Crab
Editorial Reviews for D'Arenberg White Rhone Blend Mclaren Vale the Hermit Crab
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
Floral and citrus on the nose. Low on the acid and full bodied in the mouth. Long grapefruit finish. Nice for a change.
Mild taste and nicely light. I like this.
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.
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.
Love the apple with a little shimmer of oak in here. Strong but not overpowering and some nice weight to it along with some quirky fruit notes.
Really liked this one. Dry, medium bodied, green melon, hint of bananas, long finish
External Reviews for D'Arenberg White Rhone Blend Mclaren Vale the Hermit Crab
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.
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.
Very pretty, with floral, passion fruit and pineapple aromas and flavors up front. Settles into an apricot silkiness on the finish. Drink now.
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.
Wine Tasting NotesA very pale watery appearance with tints of green and yellow suggesting a fresh young wine with little influence of oak. The aromatics are tight and controlled but show an array of fresh fruit notes from runner beans and green tropical fruits to mango pip/ melon rind. As the wine opens up further a mixture of apple and citrus tones appears with notes of nectarine stone. The palate is tighter than previous years; generous but still the focus is on ripe fruits, fresh and juicy, with tightness and control. Flavours range from quince, ginger and passionfruit notes with tropical flavours then a mix of almond notes with lemon, kaffir lime and nectarines. The mid palate shows good intensity and softness with a hint of lees character to add a little more complexity. The finish is quite broad and quite balanced considering the Viognier is quite dominate this year but the Marsanne comes through with a nutty mineral, olive stone, dried herb influence that cuts the Viognier back. Chill it down and enjoy.
d?Arenberg The Hermit Crab Marsanne - Viognier 2005: empf. Trinktemperatur 6-8°C, lagerfähig 1 - 2 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2005Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: McLaren ValeWeingut: d'ArenbergRebsorte: 63% Viognier37% MarsanneRestzucker: 1,5 g/LiterRestsäure: 5,75 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Weißwein
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