The Refreshing Side of the McLaren Vale

Yangarra McLaren Vale Single Vineyard Roussanne 2007
Pretty floral notes with bits of herbs. The mouth is full of citrus with a light body and some refreshing acidity. V&B in McLaren Vale 13% import sample

Yangarra McLaren Vale Single Vineyard Viognier 2007
A stunning example of the exotic peaches that Viognier can convey with an oily and rich palate that doesn’t get cloying. It has it’s freshness balanced by the viscosity in a perfect balancing act. V&B in McLaren Vale 13% import sample

Yangarra McLaren Vale Single Vineyard Rose 2007
Smells of strawberry jam and a palate that is a little warm and gripping. 67% Grenache and 33% Shiraz V&B in McLaren Vale 13.5% import sample Yangarra

d’Arenberg McLaren Vale The Hermit Crab 2005
Unfortunately there are some sulfur issues that are hiding the fruit. After two hours the wine was fine but I don’t think most would wait. 70% Viognier and 30% Marsanne. V&B in McLaren Vale 13.5% purchased at Bottle Barn or Traverso’s and the price tag is gone d’Arenberg

d’Arenberg McLaren Vale The Hermit Crab 2006
The new vintage recently became available in Sonoma County and I’m anxious to taste it. Well, I wasn’t disappointed. The varietal character of both grapes shows through in this wine. There is tropical fruit like pineapple and herbaceousness in the green bean vein. The palate is viscous and rich with candied fruit flavors. This vintage is composed of 66% Viognier and 34% Marsanne. The Marsanne is all stainless while the Viognier is split between stainless and barrique. A sub-threshold amount of RS at 2.8 g/L adds roundness. Grown, vinified and bottled in McLaren Vale 13.5% $11.99 at Bottle Barn d’Arenberg

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He teaches and writes about wine and the business of wine and makes his home in Sonoma County.
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