Sunday, 27 November 2011

Noon Winery release 2011

So far in all my tastings I haven't tried a 2010 that wasn't at least good quality so I was champing at the bit when these arrived. They are generally at the bigger end of the spectrum but this year they seem so reserved and elegant when compared to the forward wines from last years release. I get the feeling they will require a decade in the cellar to show their best. From next year the Eclipse will be entirely from the vineyards around Drew's house.   Part of the reason for this is that there was no fruit picked from Langhorne Creek from either the Shiraz or Cabernet blocks.

Noon Reserve Shiraz 2010

This has it all with a monumental hug of tannin and mouthwatering acidity. The tannins are perfectly ripe which encompass your mouth adding a velvety texture which is rather remarkable. They are definitely in balance with the spicy flavours of the wine but you do get a smidge of blueberry compote and cherry juice.  Forget the fruits flavours as this wine in more mixed spice with a warm earth character than anything else. One could argue that this is not your typical Noon's wine but I would argue that Drew manages to capture the season with a deft touch.

Alcohol: 14.7
Price: $27
Rated: 94
Drink: 2020 ++

Noon Eclipse 2010

When you compare these two the Eclipse is a lot more perfumed with a red fruit and red licorice component. It feels darker and earthier than the Shiraz but has an equally long palate.  This wine is a little bit easier to understand at this very early stage of the development but I think it will be much better with 7 years under its belt.

Alcohol: 14.7
Price: $27
rated: 93
Drink: 2017 - 2026

Both of these wines offer stupid value.

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