d’Arenberg 2016 The Hermit Crab Marsanne – Viognier
McLaren Vale Adelaide Hills Australia
Wine & Spirits 91 Rating
Chester Osborn manages to produce a cool and juicy white from the warm climes of McLaren Vale, particularly in 2016, when rain in late January refreshed the vines. He focuses this blend on fruit grown in free-draining soils over limestone, once a seabed built by the shells of creatures like hermit crabs. Early-harvested fruit provides brightness to the richer fruit left to ripen later. The wine has the crispness of Asian pear to balance the fuller notes of peach and smoky chamomile. Chill it for Dungeness crab.
Buy this one by the 6pk for $15.99 per bottle