d'Arenberg Viognier Marsanne, The Hermit Crab, Mclaren Vale 750 ml

Estd 1912. Basket pressed. Australia's first family of wine. Since 1912 the Osborn family have tended vineyards in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Today fourth generation family member Chester makes distinctive wines using traditional methods both in the vineyard and the winery. Small batches of grapes are crushed gently, chilled, and then basket pressed. To add complexity and mouthfeel a small percentage of Viognier and Marsanne is fermented and matured in French oak for eight months. Many of McLaren Vale's vineyards are underlain with limestone formed by calcareous remains of local marine fauna, such as hermit crabs. 'Hermit' is also an abbreviation for the French appellation where the Marsanne variety dominates, an appropriate name for McLaren Vale's first ever blend of these varieties.