2018 D'Arenberg Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne
"Hermit" is also an abbreviation for the French appellation of Hermitage, where the Marsanne grape variety dominates. A tip of the hat to the old country.
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, addingfreshness and a clean crisp finish. Slight pithy feel which builds on the spice notes.
James Suckling, 93 points
Density and freshness to the layered and delicious white that shows cream, lemon-curd, cooked-pear and sliced-apple character. Medium to full body. Flavorful finish.
Wine & Spirits, 91 points
Scents of pale yellow cherries and white cranberries fill this generous blend of marsanne and viognier. It has the oiliness of lemon rind, as well as a lanolin fatness that’s moderated by the spicy grape-skin tannins.
Wine Spectator, 90 points
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.
Australia, McLaren Vale
Viognier (62%) Marsanne (38%)
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