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

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The nose is surprisingly floral and more subtle than previous vintages. The characteristic stone fruits of apricot, p...

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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

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

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,353
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


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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: 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
43922847
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.


Snooth User: jasonkauf
32776948
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/14/2009

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.


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

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2012 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
Vintage: 2012 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.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2011 08/07/2013

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: The Wine Buyer
10/10/2013

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
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 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.


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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.

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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