Viognier, Marsanne, The Hermit Crab, D’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2013. 13% abv, C$18.50++

From the Osborn family winery, D’Arenberg – located in McLaren Vale and established in 1912 – this is a blend of Viognier and Marsanne made from grapes grown on calcareous, limestone soils.  image

Fourth generation winemaker, Chester Osborn, is responsible for this beauty.  The name came about because the remains of tiny crabs formed the soil, perfect for growing grapes, and it’s a nod as well to the Northern Rhône Valley’s Hermitage AOC where acidic Marsanne is one of the most widely grown white grapes, and is often blended with either Viognier or Roussanne.

Medium lemon in colour with aromas of ripe Meyer lemon, pear, spice and minerals, this wine is dry on the palate and has a juicy acidity that beckons you to take the next sip.

Flavours show full pear and white peach with more ripened citrus, alongside quince and spice laid over wet stones with a solid finish.  There’s a tiny touch of toffee as well from the 8 months of oak treatment that is more noticeable as the wine warms.

WSET Good plus and excellent value for money.

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5 Responses to Viognier, Marsanne, The Hermit Crab, D’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2013. 13% abv, C$18.50++

  1. Miriam says:

    I love this wine region.

  2. Susan says:

    I love Tahbilk marsanne, so I must try this!

    http://a-woman-of-a-certain-age.com/

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