RKS Wine: d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne McLaren Vale 2021

This wine seems to be scuttling into Toronto at least three times a year. In fact I recall for at least 15 years it’s been on the Liquor Control Board of Ontario shelves. I also remember reviewing it a few years ago and thinking it might match shrimp, lobster and crab.

I suppose it is time for another try.

Positively tropical on the nose with pineapple, mango, papaya, tangerine with some honey. On the palate a bit of Justin Bieber’s “Peaches”, pineapple upside down cake and a wee bit of butterscotch. A bit of heat on the finish with a solid, but not obnoxious seam of acidity.

Given its acidity I say it pairs well with the food that I mentioned above as well as chicken in a cream sauce. Given its solid acidic nature I say best to consume in 2022.

(d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne McLaren Vale 2021, d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, South Australia.  $17.95, LCBO # 662775, 14%, RKS Wine Rating 90/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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