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d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2008

Rhone White Blends from McLaren Vale , Australia
  • ST 89
  • RP 88
  • WS 88
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Winemaker Notes

A blend of 72% Viognier and 28% Marsanne.

Expressive aromatics of lime and lemon with peaches, pears and apricot stone jumping out of the glass and spicy, floral notes in the background. Great balance on the palate, the luscious stone fruit and ginger spices harmonized by savory nuty characters from the Marsanne. Wonderful combination of freshness, complexity and balance between fruit flavor, acid and alcohol.

Critical Acclaim

ST 89
International Wine Cellar

Light, bright gold. Pungent aromas of tangerine, poached pear and floral honey over a subtle underpinning of minerals. Supple, gently sweet orchard fruit and melon flavors are firmed by a citrus zest quality and pick up an exotic floral note on the back end. This juicy, fruit-driven wine will work well with spicy foods.

RP 88
The Wine Advocate

The 2008 The Hermit Crab is a blend of 72% Viognier and 28% Marsanne. The aromatics offer floral notes, honey, candle wax, and peach. Smooth-textured and ripe, the wine also has excellent depth and length. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years.

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WS 88
Wine Spectator

This silky white shows spicy pear and floral notes that mingle nicely on the finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases imported.

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d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia
d'Arenberg
One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus... View More