Saturday, March 8, 2008

d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2006

d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2006
Origin: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Blend: 66% Viognier, 34% Marsanne
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Bottle closure: Screw cap
Purchase date: February 2008
Purchase price: $9.99

Taste profile from the winemaker: "The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale Viognier Marsanne has a green, brilliant mid-straw colour and exhibits fresh and tropical fruit with a strong emphasis on stone fruits, pineapple, mango and honeysuckle. The youthful palate is immediately luscious with those tropical fruit, honeysuckle and stone fruit flavours balanced by fresh grapefruit and light butter tastes, before a long persistent fruit finish. The wine shows vibrant freshness with enjoyable hints of hazelnut and slight mineral boney-ness, characteristic of Marsanne. Given time to prove its longevity and most importantly not served over chilled, The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne we believe should develop intense, complex nuttiness with emphasis on cashews, as well as butterscotch characters."

ABC Wines review: Quite aromatic, this white wine blend has a somewhat unusual overripe fruit and woodsy fragrance. The flavors, which lean towards tropical fruit, are not particularly pronounced and have a bit of sweetness initially. The finish is on the acidic side. Not recommended for sipping or as an aperitif, pair this wine with grilled chicken satays and a spicy peanut sauce. Our score: Average.

Winery website: d'Arenberg Winery.

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