Country: Australia Region: McLaren Vale
Varietal: Viognier / Marsanne
Vintage: 2011 Colour: White Style: Dry
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 of Hermitage where the Marsanne grape variety dominates.
Ageing Potential: 3-5 Years
"Textured, rich and lightly honeyed, a wine to drink alongside Asian chicken or seafood dishes." - John Wilson - Irish Times
Food Matches: Chicken / Oriental / Fusion