(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.
The Hermit Crab McLaren Vale Marsanne Viognier 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 Marsanne Viognier we believe should develop intense, complex nuttiness with emphasis on cashews, as well as butterscotch characters.
Wine Spectator(From 2013 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/2015