McLaren Vale in South Australia, and produces an enviable range of wines. Many of the 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.
Wonderfully aromatic and covers a broad spectrum of characters from white stone fruits and citrus through to ginger, spice and raw nuts. The palate is equally as giving with good fruit generosity, crisp acidity and a hint of grapefruit. The overall combination of these features deliver a fruit driven wine that tails off to a long, savoury and mouth-watering finish.
A versatile wine that can be equally enjoyed on its own, aperitif style, or with a wide range of spicy foods, white meat and seafood focused dishes.
D’Arenberg website: www.darenberg.com.au