d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Marsanne Viognier 2020
|Region||Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale|
Pale straw in colour. A lovely perfumed orange and citrus blossom, green papaya, tropical pineapple and grapefruit notes. A slight whiff of almond kernel and hazelnut presents itself the more you swirl the wine in the glass, add a sneaky complexity. Some ginger flower spices thanks to the Viognier component. Refreshing style with great vibrancy, mouth filling generosity and lovely long finish.
Plump peach, honeysuckle and citrus notes are appealing and have an accent of white tea and ripe melon on the finish. Viognier and Marsanne. Drink now.
With 75% Viognier and 25% Marsanne, this pale yellow-hued Rhône blend offers oodles of ripe fruit, from peach to pineapple rind, and a floral nuance too. There's a slight chemical note detectable as well. It bursts onto the tongue with quite shrill acidity, offset by creamy texture and fleshy fruit. But there's a sweatiness and a sulfuric burn on the finish that leaves this lacking in harmony and ease.