I’ve been looking forward to the 2012 vintage release from Drew and Raegan Noon for some time now so it was interesting to sit down over the four days and have a look at these. What I will say is that they are not as over the top as I was expecting. They are full bodied wines with elegance, structure and big oak, especially the Shiraz.
Noon Winery Reserve Shiraz 2012
The wine starts out with mostly Asian spices that have been pummelled over an open fire. That smokiness is infused with the exotic aromatic nature of cardamom, cassia, black cumin and cloves which make it feel like a good Indian curry house. On the palate the vanilla oak comes through but the fruit manages to work its way out over the course of the four days. The fruit flavours come in the form of raspberry coulis, smoked coconut, burnt sugar and blackberries with a nice fine bone of acidity holding it together. The palate feels soft and cosy yet it still takes its time to fully unfurl. I could still drink this now without any problem but it will keep for many years.
Alcohol: 15.2%Price: Cellar door $27 – Online retailers $120
Drink: Now – 2024
Noon Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Full bodied with masses of blackcurrants and fragrant violets cascading out if the bottle once the screw cap is open. The oak smells like it is not even there but I can feel it once I place the liquid to my mouth. The oak is well integrated at this stage of the wines life with the profile firmly sitting more savoury than the Reserve Shiraz. There are moments of tomato leaf, dried mint, bold blackcurrant, spice, fresh cut violets with smoked cedar underneath. While this wine is full boded it isn’t as big as normal which makes it easier to pair with food or just enjoy a few glasses after work. You could say that it is a Holden Cruze with a V8 engine in nature as it smells big but has the energy contained well.
Alcohol: 16%Price: Cellar door $27 – Online retailer $80
Drink: Now - 2027