89 pts James Suckling Sept 2021
Attractive apricots and peaches lead this on the nose with hints of lemon and apple in behind. Very fruit-focused. The palate has a fresh and ripe core of the same stone fruit with a soft, buttery texture. Drink now. Screw cap.
88 pts Wine Spectator 8/31/21
Plump peach, honeysuckle and citrus notes are appealing and have an accent of white tea and ripe melon on the finish. Viognier and Marsanne
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.
Pale straw in colour. A lovely perfumed orange and citrus blossom, green papaya, tropical pineapple and grapefruit notes. A slight whiff of almond kernel and hazelnut presents itself the more you swirl the wine in the glass, add a sneaky complexity. Some ginger ﬂower spices thanks to the Viognier component. Refreshing style with great vibrancy, mouth ﬁlling generosity and lovely long ﬁnish.