The Noon family’s winemaking on their McLaren Vale property had been local and slightly under the radar. But when the property went up for sale, son Drew Noon MW returned from winemaking work at Tyrrells and Cassegrain, and then as a jobbing winemaker in Victoria, to take over the reigns. Combining the simplicity and artisan directness of his father’s basket-press approach with his newfound skills in crafting wine to the highest market standards, Drew’s work ethic heavily overcompensated for what they lacked in backing. With continuing access to old vines in Langhorne Creek’s highly favourable climate, Noon wines soon won the attention of Robert Parker and international acclaim was to follow. While remaining full-bodied, hedonistic reds of the old school tradition, Noon wines’ combination of extreme approachability with distinctive authenticity and character has ensured them an enduring position at the premium level of Australian winemaking.
What The Critics Say
Winemaker notes on 2016 vintage
"The Reserve Cabernet comes once again from two blocks on opposite sides of the road at Langhorne Creek – the Fruit Trees block (our long term source for this wine) and the Main Road block (first included in 2015). It displays lovely fresh Cabernet fruit flavours, in a full bodied, softly textured wine. The long finish is balanced by nice tannin grip."
91/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (2012 vintage)
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Reserve Cabernet has a nose of creme de cassis, dark chocolate and crushed cloves with hints of cedar, black pepper and cumin. Very big, very full and very rich in the mouth to the point of being just a bit hot, it has a medium to firm level of chewy tannins and well-placed acidity. It finishes long and a touch bitter. Drink it now to 2022+."
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