Noon Winery

Noon Winery is a small family owned winery run by husband and wife team, Drew and Rae Noon. Noon Specializes in full bodied red wine with minimal intervention.

 

The tiny estate is dry farmed biodynamically, though it is not certified and Drew doesn't have any intention of becoming certified. "We don't make a big fuss about it," says Noon. "We've never used any chemicals on our vines. All we have is this open air tractor here. We knew if we sprayed anything on the vineyard we'd just get it straight in the face. These vines are like grandmother's plum tree. They look after themselves, and they grow better without any junk added."

 

Noon's philosophy in the cellar is much the same. The grapes are hand harvested, basket pressed, and fermented in old open-top oak barrels lined with paraffin. Ambient yeasts and no temperature controls mean that the grapes take their own sweet time.

 

Noon is long considered by many as one of the icon wineries of Australia and sell out their limited production every vintage, in 3 weeks, after their release in November.

Eclipse

The grapes are estate grown in McLaren Vale, biodynamic, hand harvested, basket pressed, and fermented in old open-top oak barrels lined with paraffin. Ambient yeasts and no temperature controls mean that the grapes take their own sweet time.
For the 2013 vintage the blend consists of 86% Grenache - 6% Shiraz - 8% Graciano. Farmed on average 65 year old vineyards at yields of .9 tons per acre. The soil type of the vineyards are Sandy Loam over Orange Clay - Sandy Loam with White Quartz - Alluvial Wash over Sandy Loam.
The wine is aged in oak for 18 months in American & French barrique & tonneau(15% new)
Production: 850 cases

Reviews:

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. - 97 pts, Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Price: $300 per 6pk
 
Reserve Cabernet

Grapes for the Noon Reserve 100% Cabernet have been sourced from the same vineyard (the 1.2 hectare Fruit Trees block in Langhorne Creek) since the first Reserve Cabernet in 1996. Earlier bottlings of this wine; 1993, 1987 and 1986 (when Drew’s father David was the winemaker) were simply known as Noon’s Cabernet.

"Hand harvesting of this late-ripening Cabernet variety means the vintage is drawing to a close and the distinctive and powerful aroma of the Cabernet ferments always brings a smile". Constant hand plunging throughout the fermentation process is used to help extract colour and tannins naturally from the grape seeds and skins. Pressing the resulting wine from the skins takes place in small basket presses which are gentle and do not extract too much bitterness or astringency. Maturation takes place in small (225 and 300 litre) French and American oak barrels and large (Foudre sized) old oak casks for 18 months. Approximately 40% new oak is used. All wines are crushed, fermented, matured and bottled on the property. Average Production is approximately 300 – 500 dozen. Older vineyards reflect the seasons more obviously and production can vary significantly, especially in years affected by drought. Note that there was no 2001, 2008, 2010 or 2011 Reserve Cabernet produced due to seasonal conditions.

Average yields are 1.5 to 3 tons/acre which is quite low for the region.

Reviews:

2012 Cabernet Reserve Mclaren Vale($85) Inky purple. The exotically perfumed bouquet evokes spicy redcurrant, cherry and blueberry, with smoke and vanilla nuances adding complexity. Sappy and precise on the palate, offering sweet dark fruit flavors that show liqueur-like depth and surprising vivacity. Closes on a gently tannic note, with excellent clarity, repeating spiciness and real cling. 93 Josh Raynolds - Tanzer

Tanzer 92 Points
2009 Noon Winery Cabernet Reserve South Australia
Opaque purple. Powerful aromas of boysenberry, cherry compote, cola, licorice and black cardamom. Broad, palate-staining dark fruit flavors show a liqueur-like intensity, with complicating notes of candied violet, chewing tobacco and vanilla. Repeats the cola and licorice notes on the very long, sappy, gently warm finish. This clocks in at 16.5% alcohol but wears it well, in the uncanny way of most Noon wines.

Price: $360 per 6pk
 
Reserve Shiraz

The 20 Rows Shiraz block was planted in 1962 on the Langhorne Creek flood plain, which receives late winter and early spring flood waters from the Bremer River assisted by a series of channels and weirs. This is a special and unique region which has been producing wine since the mid 1800’s.
The ‘20 Rows’ vines are quite low yielding for the area at around 1.2-1.8 tons/acre. They are growing on their own roots as the area is free of phylloxera. The soil in this vineyard is a deep alluvial clay loam with an almost shimmering quality about it which produces the most beautiful small, black-colored and perfectly formed berries one could ever imagine. The grapes are hand harvested, basket pressed, and barrel fermented using only ambient yeast. 100% Shiraz average vine age is 48 years old yielding 1.4 tons per acre. Wine is aged in oak for 18 months in French & American tonneau (40% new).
Production: 550 cases

Reviews:

Medium to deep garnet/purple, the Shiraz Reserve has a youthfully mute nose exuding crushed blackberries and wild blueberries dotted with notes of cloves, pepper and anise. Big, voluptuous and full-bodied in the mouth, it has tons of spice, black fruit and savory flavors that are shaped by firm, grainy tannins and a long finish. - 97 pts, Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Price: $360 per 6pk
 
'Twelve Hundred Hours' Cabernet Sauvignon

There is no 2013 Reserve Cabernet but Drew & Rae have released a Cabernet this year under the ‘Twelve Hundred Hours’ label and it is delicious. So delicious to drink right now in fact that this explains the change in label for this release. This vintage the tannins, which sustain the wine for years in the bottle, are not as plentiful as usual and the wine therefore does not require long term cellaring to bring out its best. It’s a softer, earlier maturing version of the Reserve Cabernet, so the flavor will be familiar to you even though the label is not. Produced from the Fruit Trees Cabernet block at Langhorne Creek on deep alluvial loam soil, this wine is aged for 16 months in French barrique (40% new) and is lovely drinking now or over the next 5 years.

Reviews:
Price: $360 per 6pk