Grenache, Shiraz and Graciano
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 the 2017 vintage
"The Eclipse is full bodied and packed with dark cherry and herb/spice flavour, with a lovely round mouth feel. It is produced this year from 90% Grenache, with 6% Shiraz and 4% Graciano all of which are grown on our estate in McLaren Vale. This is a wine of real depth and weight yet it maintains a lovely balance and poise; a remarkable combination. We are very happy with this wine."
97/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (2013 vintage)
Medium garnet/purple, the 2013 Eclipse Proprietary Red McLaren Vale/Langhorne Creek is scented of cherry coulis, raspberry pie and red currant jelly with nuances of cinnamon stick, toast, mandarin peel, potpourri and white pepper. Full-bodied, very elegant and packed with red berry, spice and earthy layers, the tannins are velvety and the acidity provides plenty of freshness, especially on the long finish.
17/20 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming (2016 vintage)
"Rich but not just fruity – this has dark savoury notes too. Full and heavy but the flavours have lovely nuances of cherry, leather and dried meat. (RH)"
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