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The Hermit Crab Viognier/Marsanne 2005

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d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne. This blend of two of d’Arenberg’s ‘Great White Hopes’ is the brother (or sister) of the most traditional of d’Arenberg’s red wines, the d’Arry’s Original Shiraz Grenache, and is similarly dressed, label-wise. A little bit about Marsanne before you find out why on earth this wine is called the Hermit Crab. Marsanne hails from the northern Rhone and has a reputation as a characterful, full-bodied varietal, or (as with the Hermit Crab), as a blending partner with more aromatic varieties with higher natural acidity than Marsanne. The wine can be deeply coloured, full-bodied with an aroma of honeysuckle and sometimes almonds. Texturally, Marsanne tends more towards oiliness, as well as honeysuckle fragrances when it ages.

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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

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3.50 5
06/09/2009

Lemony gold in colour with a big, blousy, flowery nose of camomile, asparagus, hay and creamy citrus. Smooth, oily body and creamy malolactic flavours, with just enough acid to cut through, and enough resinous, warm marsanne to make this a bit more than just another New World viognier. It does a decent impression of a good Rhône white, although it's just a tad slick and mathematically balanced to trump one of those wilful, nervy oddities. Would work with a creamy white sauce on fish, or, as we're having tonight, a parsnip and sweet potato purée with pan-fried sea bass.


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5.00 5
07/02/2007

Five glasses


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Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/24/2010

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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d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne. This blend of two of d’Arenberg’s ‘Great White Hopes’ is the brother (or sister) of the most traditional of d’Arenberg’s red wines, the d’Arry’s Original Shiraz Grenache, and is similarly dressed, label-wise. A little bit about Marsanne before you find out why on earth this wine is called the Hermit Crab. Marsanne hails from the northern Rhone and has a reputation as a characterful, full-bodied varietal, or (as with the Hermit Crab), as a blending partner with more aromatic varieties with higher natural acidity than Marsanne. The wine can be deeply coloured, full-bodied with an aroma of honeysuckle and sometimes almonds. Texturally, Marsanne tends more towards oiliness, as well as honeysuckle fragrances when it ages.

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