D'Arenberg White Rhone Blend Mclaren Vale the Hermit Crab 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose is surprisingly floral and more subtle than previous vintages. The characteristic stone fruits of apricot, peach and nectarine are ever present with sweet spice nuances. The palate has lovely fruit weight and is packed with complexity. It opens with stone fruits and citrus and is underpinned by candied ginger and clove spice. The palate builds nicely with a linear citrus acidity running throughout. The flavours linger with a savoury edge of pistachio nut and a twist of flowery fruit tannins adding textural interest. It’s a complex wine that retains focus and provides versatility when matching to food.

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Darenberg:
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

Editorial Reviews for D'Arenberg White Rhone Blend Mclaren Vale the Hermit Crab

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,015
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 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


Member Reviews for D'Arenberg White Rhone Blend Mclaren Vale the Hermit Crab

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Snooth User: RandyFisher
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3.00 5
03/11/2013

Floral and citrus on the nose. Low on the acid and full bodied in the mouth. Long grapefruit finish. Nice for a change.


Snooth User: whitechris9
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1.50 5
02/28/2011

One and a half glasses


Snooth User: Kate Statton
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/26/2012

Mild taste and nicely light. I like this.


Snooth User: KrisChislett
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 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.


Snooth User: penguinoid
1482961,216
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/12/2010

Nose: peach, apricot, spice, honeyed, ginger. Palate: peach, apricot, honeyed, honey suckle, ginger, citrus. Rich and intense, good fresh acidity. Some phenolics.


Snooth User: connie7899
43922898
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 08/14/2014

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.


Snooth User: solargecko
488684281
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 10/13/2010

Tasted this wine at Eddie's of Roland Park: delicious and creamy.


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External Reviews for D'Arenberg White Rhone Blend Mclaren Vale the Hermit Crab

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2011 08/06/2013

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
Vintage: 2011 06/26/2013

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.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2009 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
Vintage: 2009 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
Vintage: 2009 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
Vintage: 2009 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/27/2010

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.


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The nose is surprisingly floral and more subtle than previous vintages. The characteristic stone fruits of apricot, peach and nectarine are ever present with sweet spice nuances. The palate has lovely fruit weight and is packed with complexity. It opens with stone fruits and citrus and is underpinned by candied ginger and clove spice. The palate builds nicely with a linear citrus acidity running throughout. The flavours linger with a savoury edge of pistachio nut and a twist of flowery fruit tannins adding textural interest. It’s a complex wine that retains focus and provides versatility when matching to food.

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