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2014 D'Arenberg White Blends or Varietals "The Hermit Crab"

Winery: D'Arenberg

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Hermit Crab"

Wine Category: White Blends or Varietals

Grape blend: 74% Viognier & 26% Marsanne

Region: McLaren Vale

State or country: Australia

Price: $17

Cases produced: 6,500

KWG Score: 90.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: November 15, 2015

Wine Review: This pale yellow colored blend from d’Arenburg opens with a ginger, pear, and floral like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and mouthwatering. The flavor profile is a tasty tangerine and apricot blend with hints of ginger and gentle minerality. The finish is dry and its flavors and acidity are nicely prolonged. The panel suggested pairing this Viognier and Marsanne blend with roast pork with homemade apple sauce. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The nose of this wine displays an enticing mix of white stonefruits and sweet pineapple with an underlying hint of ginger. The palate is luscious and flavoursome, again nectarine and peach are prominent, with a twist of candied citrus rind. These sweet flavours evolve through the palate into more savoury flavours reminiscent of raw almonds and spice. A generous, textural wine with a surprising finesse on the finish.

Organic status: not organic

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