Hermit Crab, d'Arenberg

Hermit Crab, d'Arenberg

One of the oldest and most respected wineries in the McLaren Vale. All d’Arenberg estate owned and leased vineyards are NASAA Certified for organic and biodynamic processes.

This natural and environmentally friendly philosophy encourages strong root systems that penetrate the soil, resulting in lively tannin structures, soil characters and fine minerality. These practices also ensure that yields are kept low with concentrated flavours and excellent natural acidity. Sheep agistment, solar power, and natural disease control are a few ways we uphold our commitment to the environment that surrounds us.

Many of McLaren Vale’s vineyards are on free-draining soils underlain with limestone, formed by the calcareous remains of the local marine fauna. One such creature was the Hermit Crab, a reclusive little crustacean that inhabits the cast-off shells of others. The Osborn family thought the name appropriate for this, McLaren Vale’s first ever blend of Viognier and Marsanne. “Hermit” is also an abbreviation for the French appellation where the Marsanne grape variety dominates.

The blend is Viognier (75%) Marsanne (25%). This wine has a lovely perfumed orange and citrus blossom, green papaya, tropical pineapple and grapefruit nose. A slight whiff of almond kernel and hazelnut presents itself the more you swirl the wine in the glass, adding a sneaky complexity. There are some ginger flower spices thanks to the Viognier component. This is a refreshing style with great vibrancy, mouth filling generosity and lovely long finish.

Country: Australia
McLaren Vale
Colour: White
Grape: Viognier, Marsanne
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 75cl
Bottle Retail Price: £16.30

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Tel: +44 (0) 1453 833133

Fax: +44 (0) 1453 834681


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You cannot purchase through our website yet but if you email us we can deliver anywhere in mainland Britain from £9.95 per case.

Opening Times

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 6pm

Saturday: 9:30am to 5pm

Sundays: Closed