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).