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.
"Shows the aromatics of Viognier, with a drier, less silky palate, lending an exciting raw feel to the pear, apricot and spice flavors."
"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."
The Wine Advocate