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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

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2 Responses to The D’Arenberg The Hermit Crab 2010 Viognier Marsanne

  1. It is interesting that these Rhone Blends have always been in the background of whites in Australia. We have plenty of attention given to white varietals and some to the WA “classic whites” semmilon SB, Chardy etc blends.

    My guess is that the lack of interest is related to Aussie prejudice against blends rather than the quality of the wines. After we get over chardy and sav blank, perhaps the future will be varietals such as pinot gris, arneis, fiano and vermentino.

  2. admin says:

    I hope so Darby. There is so many other interesting varietals to choose from coming on line that we should be getting more excited about. – ed

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