d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Marsanne Viognier 2018
|Region||Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale|
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.
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.
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.