Original
71 Ratings
d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Marsanne - Viognier McLaren Vale

Wine Details

Vineyard

d'Arenberg

Style

White

Wine Description

(From 2013 Vintage) 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 was the Hermit Crab, a reclusive little crustacean that inhabits the cast-off shells of others. The Osborn family thought the name appropriate for this, McLaren Vale’s first ever blend of Viognier and Marsanne. “Hermit” is also an abbreviation for the French appellation of Hermitage, where the Marsanne grape variety dominates.

Winemaker's Notes

Vintage 2003 in McLaren Vale produced fragrant, complex wines with greatlength. This, our second Marsanne Viognier release, shows intense varietalcharacters, which were gently enhanced by the use of...

Expert Reviews
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2013 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/2015