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    d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2006
    Rhone White Blends - McLaren Vale, Australia

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    Professional Ratings: 90 Wine Spectator

    Region: McLaren Vale, Australia

    Varietal: Rhone White Blends

    Other Info: Screw Cap Wines, Green Wines

    Style: Fruity & Smooth

    Item no. 92113

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007!

    Many of McLaren Vale's vineyards are on free-draining soils underlain with limestone, formed by the calcareous remains of the local marine fauna. One such creature is the Hermit Crab, a reclusive little creature that inhabits the cast-off shells of others. The Osborn family thought the name appropriate for this blend, as it is best enjoyed with shellfish and seafood dishes.

    Though winter 2005 was dry, heavy rains in spring saw adequate levels of moisture in most vineyards to support growth in the 2006 vintage without irrigation. The cool temperatures experienced were ideal for white grapes, producing fragrant wines with racy natural acidity. Traditional basket pressing was employed for gentle extraction of flavor from these grapes. The Marsanne was fermented in tank to retain its fresh, herbaceous characters, while a portion of the Viognier was fermented in barrel for additional complexity.

    The cooler year is reflected in a mineral nose with notes of fresh runner beans, green tropical fruits and nectarine stone. The tight palate displays an array of tropical fruits with quince, ginger and almond husks, and lees characters contributing complexity. Viognier is evident on the mid-palate with silky viscosity, while the Marsanne comes through on the back palate with nutty, olive stone and dried herb notes.

    "Soft and charming. A beguiling mouthful of spicy pear and grapefruit flavors that linger with focus on the open-textured finish. Not as rich as pure Viognier, but better balanced. Drink now through 2010."
    Wine Spectator
    90 Points

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    Amanda S. (9/24/2010)
    Really good, fruity flavor. I should remember to write these right after I drink, rather than a few days later... but I quite enjoyed this blend.
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    Jay Shaffer (6/9/2011)
    great 90 pt under $20 buy for sure
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    Keith H (9/29/2010)
    I picked this wine based on wine.com recommendation. I was presently surprised. My wife loved this wine because she has a sweet taste for wine
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    Daniel Witham (12/18/2014)

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