VIOGNIER MARSANNE - D'ARENBERG HERMIT CRAB MCLAREN VALE - THE WINE DETECTIVEWine Of The Week

Viognier Marsanne – D’Arenberg Hermit Crab Mclaren Vale, Australia

This wine is a blend of 65% Viognier and 35% Marsanne. The nose displays an enticing mix of white stonefruits and sweet pineapple with an underlying hint of ginger. The palate is luscious and flavoursome, again nectarine and peach are prominent, with a twist of candied citrus rind. A generous, textural wine with a surprising finesse on the finish. Pair well with seafood.

Winemaking

Small batches of grapes are crushed gently and transferred to stainless steel basket presses. Fermentation is long and moderately cool to retain fresh fruit  characters. About 3% underwent wild fermentation for extra complexity. 14% of the Viognier is fermented in aged French and American Oak to add mouth feel and support the subtle Viognier tannins. The Viognier and Marsanne components received similar treatment, but are not blended until the final stages of the winemaking process. ( info via d’Arenberg winery )

Shelf Price: $17.99 + tax.

Available at BC gov’t liquor store.