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Australia, White Blend (Viongier and Marsanne), d’Arenberg, “The Hermit Crab”, McLaren Vale, Adelaide, 2008

White Blend of: 72% Viognier and 28% Marsanne. Note 1: Another case of bottle variation… I had this many months ago, lost my tasting notes, but recollected a significant fondness for it… so I bought two new bottles last week.. bottle number one was reduced and had VA / nail polish aromas that all but […]

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Australia, Red Blend (Rhone Style), d’Arenberg, Stump Jump, McLaren Vale, 2006

Red Blend of: 48% Grenache, 28% Shiraz, and 24% Mourvedre. N/ Light burlap. Leather. Cherry. River stones. Tad hot. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Spice box. Dusty plums. Earth and graphite. Tobacco. Winemakers: Chester d’Arenberg Osborn, Phillip Dean, and Jack Walton Price = $10-16 retail. Very Good + / Brilliant -. 89 / 90

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