d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2007
Rhone White Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale Viognier Marsanne has a green, brilliant mid-straw color 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 flavors 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 Viognier Marsanne should develop intense, complex nuttiness with emphasis on cashews, as well as butterscotch characters.
Drink now or cellar for 2-5 years with a large range of foods from lightly flavored, through to full flavoured poultry, veal, lamb and pork as well as desserts and cheeses. Also good as an aperitif.
Wine Spectator - "Shows the aromatics of Viognier, with a drier, less silky palate, lending an exciting raw feel to the pear, apricot and spice flavors."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 The Hermit Crab is a blend of 58% Viognier and 42% Marsanne. It received a dollop of oak for a rounder texture. The alluring aromatics offer floral notes, candle wax, and pit fruits. Smooth-textured and ripe, the wine also has excellent depth and length. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years. The d’Arenberg portfolio is loaded with values. The winery works with over 140 growers to fashion their superb blends."
One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character. View all d'Arenberg Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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3 ratings, 2 with reviews212/25/2008This was a disappointment. I would describe this as a drinkable table wine. $10 value at tops.311/27/2012ronbrown - Pacific Palisades, CA310/6/2010Refreshing and fruity - good after a thirsty work out
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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