Sunday, August 5, 2007

Rating:**** 2005 The Hermit Crab, Viognier Marsanne, McLaren Vale, Australia


In the glass, this is a light, straw, grassy pale color, quite like a light honey. Sweet grass aromas pulse from the glass, with a tiny pleasant hint of petroleum. On the palate, the first thing you notice is the silky, satiny, slightly sweet infusion of honey and honeysuckle flower. It coats your mouth and, because of pleasant acids wrapping the honey/grass, it creeps up into your cheeks as well. Dynamite! The finish persists till your next sip.

An awesome white; and one that I wouldn't turn away from to try something else - so that's four stars out of five. At such a low price, this is an absolutely awesome value.

Robert Parker gave this 90 points and said, "A blend of 70% Viognier and 30% Marsanne, the lovely 2005 The Hermit Crab exhibits notes of honeysuckle, apple blossom, and litchi nuts in its medium-bodied, dry, exuberant, even flamboyant style. It also displays some restraint and elegance. Drink it over the next 1-2 years."

Earlier review, July 2007: Light straw color, glint of green. Clean but not remarkable aromas of sweet hay and lemonade. On the palate, a slick, sweet oily middle is the first thing you notice, lending an overall creaminess and charm; just a touch of acid to brighten things. Also a slight nuttiness that adds complexity. Four stars out of five. Don't drink too cold, you'll miss some of the best flavor notes.

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