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FEBRUARY 2020 WINE DISCOVERY

The Hermit Crab Viognier/Marsanne, d'Arenberg,  Mclaren Vale, South Australia 2020/21 75cl

£16.95 PER BOTTLE £180.00 PER CASE
*£15.00 PER BOTTLE WHEN YOU PURCHASE A CASE

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COUNTRY: Australia
VINTAGE: 2020/21
APV: 13%
GRAPE VARIETIES: Viognier , Marsanne , Roussanne
FOODS: fish, seafood dishes, white meats, creamy pasta, rice dishes.
REGION: South Australia
AVAILABILITY:IN STOCK
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The Hermit Crab Viognier/Marsanne, d'Arenberg,  Mclaren Vale, South Australia 2020/21 75cl

Australian whites aren’t all rich and buttery Chardonnays! This Hermit Crab is southern Rhône in blend and style. The Viognier takes centre stage on the nose, with intense aromas of rich fruit, candied ginger and an underlay of green mango and almond. Good body, concentrated and weighty but freshness is the key with a spicy-yet-sweet finish. Good with fish, shellfish and oriental dishes or an aperitif.
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Viognier

Prior to the late 1980‘s Viognier plantings were confined to south east France, and the Rhône in particular. In centuries past it was a common crop on the plains of the Southern Rhône, but over the years plantings declined as growers favoured higher yielding varieties. However, a spike in world demand for the distinctive, aromatic wine it produces, replete with white stone fruit, blossom and honey, led to a sharp increase in plantings in the late 1980‘s. It is thought to be native to the Northern Rhône where it is traditionally used as a lifting agent in blends, the exception being Condrieu, a varietal appellation. This small commune clinging to the steep west bank of the valley just south of Côte Rôtie produces the world‘s most sought-after Viognier. In the decades since its resurgence, the grape has been planted widely in the Languedoc, producing youthful, floral Vin de Pays, and also in the Americas and parts of Australia where the warmer growing season produces more alcoholic, concentrated examples.
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