D’Arenburg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2013

It’s been way too long since we shared our latest bottle of wine – it’s not that we haven’t been drinking, it’s just that we haven’t had time to discuss the wines.  We’ve been tied up with moving from the eastern Greater Toronto Area to Southwestern Ontario, to the beachside community of Port Stanley (who ever thought downsizing would be easy?).  We’ll save the discussion for moving wines, making an even bigger wine cellar (yay), and Port Stanley for another time.  Today, let’s discuss this wine.

The Hermit CrabShe said: “I learned about this wine from the Wine of the Weekend email I get every Friday.  I liked the name so jumped in Bessie and drove in to St. Thomas to grab my bottles before they were all gone.  The very nice gentleman at the LCBO store gave me two bottles although they weren’t actually to be released until Saturday.

He said: “d’Arenberg makes other wines we’ve had and liked, such as The Dead Arm. I like this wine.  It’s light, crisp, acidic – although it does best if it’s cold.  Starts to get a little flabby when it warms up.”

(So do I, she thought, I’d better chill!).

She said: “It’s got a beautiful nose, citrus and tropical fruits.”

He said: “It’s also got lots of layers to it.”

This is a very nice sipping wine, dry enough, but with tons of flavour.  And at $19.95, it’s a great deal.  But according to the writeup it goes quite quickly, so get out and pick up a few bottles as soon as you can – it’s a wonderful late summer wine.

The details:

  • d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2013
  • McLaren Vale Australia
  • $19.95 | LCBO#: 662775   | 750 mL | 13.1% alc./vol.


One thought on “D’Arenburg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2013

  1. Cathi W

    Kicking myself that I didn’t read this the moment I got the email as this wine sounds quite divine & I hope they have some left.
    Looking forward to hearing wine tales from Port Stanley!


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