Contrary to a lot of what was written about the 2011 vintage, sound fruit, particularly from white grapes benefited from the cooler conditions, producing wines of grace and finesse. The Hermit Crab is a great example of this. Stylistically it is sitting in the white peach and nectarine zone accompanied by a hedonistic ginger and spice character. Florals abound.
The palate is slightly more restrained than what we would normally associate with McLaren Vale Viognier and Marsanne and again those crunchy, white stone fruit characters are at the fore. An exotic pistachio, green almond character (thank you Marsanne), draws the wine back in, leading to a long savoury and mineral finish. Not a hint of fatness.
"This winery’s story began in 1912 and its red stripe label is as distinctive as the flamboyant, fourth-generation winemaker Chester Osborn. There’s great intensity of elegant aromas and flavours here, with a zesty blend of lime, apple and apricot fruit, plus a long finish.
"Fresh and lively, with a definite spicy edge to the pear and pineapple flavors, lingering with a hint of apricot on the
"Chester Osborn named this blend for the creatures on the beaches of McLaren Vale where he likes to drink it. And it tastes like the beach, combining the heat of McLaren Vale with spice and salt, the pungent citrus scent of viognier tamed by the nuttiness of marsanne. It tastes like it would get along with critters from the sea, particularly crab.
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