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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 Notes 32

  • johnrm Likes this wine: 91 points

    August 26, 2023 - Some time since our last bottle of this vintage and it was well worth keeping. Hermit Crab has never tasted so good.
    As two years ago, the rich, sweet, honeyed, apricot fruit from the Viognier was still developing on both the nose and palate but it retained the excellent mouthfeel and body, balanced by lovely acidity. Really enjoyable wine. Thanks, Chester!

  • Bjweiss wrote: 90 points

    November 22, 2022 - White flowers and slight waxy texture. A lot of ripe fruit here with moderate acidity (I’d actually love the acidity a bit higher). Really beautiful wine though, and a fun wine to pair with a lot of dishes (went great with Thai and sushi tonight).

  • 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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  • TashNYC wrote: 91 points

    March 16, 2022 - Delicious with sushi, Korean fish cake and more. Lemon, apple, honeysuckle, orange and flowers. Great QPR.

  • TashNYC wrote: 91 points

    January 17, 2022 - Lemon, apple, orange, honeysuckle and florals. Great nose. Good acidity. Very good with food.

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  • By Stacy Slinkard
    Wine.com January selection, 12/6/2021 (link)

    (d'Arenberg, The Hermit Crab Viognier-Marsanne, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia, White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By James Suckling
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    (d'Arenberg Viognier Marsanne McLaren Vale The Hermit Crab, White, Australia) Subscribe to see review text.

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    (d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne) Subscribe to see review text.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type White
  • Producer d'Arenberg
  • Varietal White Rhone Blend
  • Designation The Hermit Crab
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region South Australia
  • SubRegion Fleurieu
  • Appellation McLaren Vale

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 134 (26%)
  • Consumed 373 (74%)

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