The D’Arenberg The Hermit Crab 2010 Viognier Marsanne
D’Arenberg is an icon of the McLaren Vale & they are certainly prolific. I think that they would have to produce the greatest number of wines (ie: individual labels) of any family winery in Australia. However, they are also a producer of quality wines & there is plenty of pleasure to be found in one of their distinctive blends or expressive classics.
This is one of their distinctive blends & the name ‘The Hermit Crab’ recognises the McLaren Vale’s limestone’s origin – those creatures from under the sea. There is also a tip of the hat to ‘Hermit = Hermitage’ in the Rhone, the home of both of these varietals. The blend is 68% Viognier & 32% of one of my favourite white varietals, Marsanne.
Pretty talc, lime & apricot aromas jump out of the glass. The fruit is in such generous proportions with a fine silkiness throughout. A good robust wine for food, particularly for strong flavours as the acid keeps the wine in line & fresh.
Date: 7th March 2012 Price: $17 Value: $$$ Drink: Now