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2018 d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab

White Rhone Blend

  • Australia
  • South Australia
  • Fleurieu
  • McLaren Vale

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Community Tasting Note

  • red freddy Likes this wine: 91 points

    April 8, 2022 - White Rhône-style White Blend; Viognier - 62% & Marsanne - 38%.
    13.5% abv,- $12.

    Served @ 12c/54f with Pacific Snapper, Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Rice. I try not to post multiple reviews for wines so as not to skew the ratings (nothing more disappointing than looking up a new wine - "Oh Boy," 91 points by 6 reviewers - only to find all the reviews are by the same individual).

    Delightful pale yellow in the glass with a fragrant nose of stone fruit. Creamy, slightly waxy (typical of Marsanne) on the palate with a hint of sweetness. Actually a dry wine with the impression of sweet from the fruit. White Rhônes are a particularly good accompaniment to seafood and shellfish and I was glad to find this Australian blend at this price point. Surprising acidity results in a freshness and slightly mineral finish. Spouse-Endorsed.

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  • johnrm commented:

    8/26/23, 7:37 AM - I agree about multiple reviews of a single vintage at the same stage of development. However, I find it helpful if I see a series of reviews of a wine from the same taster spread over a period of years. It is good to have views on a wine’s gradual development to give a guide to best drinking times.
    Many wines are good when young but change (and usually improve) markedly over time.

  • red freddy commented:

    8/26/23, 11:54 AM - Thank you johnrm. Such a good point to see how a wine evolves over time (from the same taster). I've been fortunate to have an oenophile neighbor give me some partial bottles of vintage wines he's accumulated (his spouse doesn't imbibe and he'll give me left-overs rather than have it spoil). Its interesting to see how wines can change over time.

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