d'Arenberg

The Hermit Crab

2021
McLaren Vale
South Australia
Australia
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DA-ren-berg Thuh HER-mit CRAB
Varietals
Viognier, Marsanne
$18
Flavors & Quality
Peach Peach
Orange Peel Orange Peel
Honeysuckle Honeysuckle
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COLOR
Pale Straw Yellow
BODY
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
14.1%
GRAPE(S)
Viognier, Marsanne
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Why this wine made the cut…
Weighty, yet refreshing, fruity, yet floral, complex, yet affordable.
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Viognier
61% Vyo-NYAY
Viognier almost went extinct in the 1960s, but has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Although grown around the word, it is most famous for the full bodied intensely aromatic floral white wines with a sometimes oily texture grown on granite terraces in Condrieu, and small amount to Syrah in Côte Rôtie, just north of Condrieu, adding aromatic complexity.
Marsanne
39% Mar-SAN
Marsanne is principally a Rhone varietal (can also be found in the U.S. and Australia) that makes full-bodied wines with moderate acidity. However, it is often blended with Roussanne and Viognier, especially in the Northern Rhone, to make rich wines with floral aromatics.
Country / State
Australia
Region
South Australia
Sub Region
McLaren Vale
Producer
d'Arenberg
Vintage
2021

d'Arenberg

Adelaide Hills, South Australia


d’Arenberg is one of the standard bearers for quality and sustainability in Australia. The estate is located in Mclaren Vale, is certified organic and biodynamic, uses solar power, and is also striving to mitigate waste and eventually become carbon neutral. 


The results of natural practices are stronger, established root systems that yield the flavor of the site, increased structure, and an attractive minerality to match these fruit driven wines. 

d’Arenberg is one of the only wineries in Australia to basket press both white and red wines - a labor intensive, old-school method that yields high quality wines because it can be closely controlled and is a gentle extraction process.