d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Marsanne Viognier 2018
SKU: 06286

d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Marsanne Viognier 2018

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Category White Wine
Region Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale
Brand d'Arenberg
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
An incredibly fragrant nose full of sweet apricot and gingery spice. The palate is luscious and generous, but has great acid which tightens the wine, adding freshness and a clean crisp finish. Slight pithy feel which builds on the spice notes. Lovely as a fresh stand alone drink that still exhibits some mouthfeel, or equally well adapted to enjoying with a range of foods from freshly shucked oysters through to spicy Thai style dishes.
Wine Spectator
  • ws90

Effusive, juicy and ripe, with peach, apricot and melon flavors that are generous and plump. Floral and spice notes emerge on the finish. Shows terrific harmony and persistence. Viognier and Marsanne. Drink now. 6,500 cases imported.

MaryAnn Worobiec, August 31, 2020
Wine Advocate
  • wa88

D'Arenberg's 2018 The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne shows some delicate floral notes on the nose, followed by scents of melon and spice. A small proportion of the blend is fermented and aged in used French oak, adding a touch of creaminess to the medium-bodied palate, while the finish turns silky, the melon flavors slowly fading away. I nearly always prefer to drink these sorts of aromatic blends in their youth, and this one is no exception.

Joe Czerwinski, May 14, 2020
Wine Enthusiast
  • we87

Straw yellow in color, this Rhône-style white blend opens with slightly odd green notes of fava beans and pineapple rind. As it warms in the glass, aromas of crystallized ginger and orchard fruits float to the fore. The palate is viscous, the fruit sitting a little heavily, but with some prickly acidity to help buoy it. Individually there are some nice elements here but the sum of its parts don't add up to a particularly exciting drop.

Christina Pickard, August 1, 2020