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NOON WINERY Eclipse Grenache Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2011

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NOON WINERY Eclipse Grenache Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2011

<p>Noon Winery Eclipse Grenache Shiraz, McLaren Vale</p> <br> <p>Noon Eclipse is predominantly Grenache (80%+) with smaller proportions of Shiraz and Graciano. The grapes come from the three Noon ‘home’ vineyards in McLaren Vale. The grapes are hand-picked and fermented in small, open vats with hand-plunging to help extract colour and tannins. </p> <p style="margin: 30px 0; padding: 25px 40px; font-size: 20px; line-height: 33px; font-family: Cambria, 'Hoefler Text', 'Liberation Serif', Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; color: #000000; border-top: 1px solid #cccccc; border-bottom: 1px solid #cccccc;" class="pull-quote"><em>"We produce generous, full-bodied wines from old vines growing is a warm climate. They are best consumed with equally flavoursome food"</em><br><strong>- Drew Noon</strong></p> <p>Pressing is also by hand, using a basket press, followed by 18 months’ maturation in a combination of used 300-litre French and American oak barrels and larger oak casks. Eclipse may be high in alcohol as a result of Noon’s desire to harvest grapes when fully ripe and not to interfere with what the vineyard and the season has provided. Annual production is between 700 and 800 dozen.</p>
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Noon Winery Eclipse Grenache Shiraz, McLaren Vale


Noon Eclipse is predominantly Grenache (80%+) with smaller proportions of Shiraz and Graciano. The grapes come from the three Noon ‘home’ vineyards in McLaren Vale. The grapes are hand-picked and fermented in small, open vats with hand-plunging to help extract colour and tannins.

"We produce generous, full-bodied wines from old vines growing is a warm climate. They are best consumed with equally flavoursome food"
- Drew Noon

Pressing is also by hand, using a basket press, followed by 18 months’ maturation in a combination of used 300-litre French and American oak barrels and larger oak casks. Eclipse may be high in alcohol as a result of Noon’s desire to harvest grapes when fully ripe and not to interfere with what the vineyard and the season has provided. Annual production is between 700 and 800 dozen.

  • Style: Grenache-Shiraz
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Code: NERB
  • Varietal: Grenache,Shiraz
  • Country: Australia

Region McLaren Vale

The McLaren Vale wine region is located between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Gulf of St Vincent just South of Adelaide in South Australia. Historically it was John Reynell who established Chateau Reynella in 1838, and Thomas Hardy who purchased the historic Tintara in 1876, that kick started the development of the McLaren Vale wine industry. The climate is generally considered warm, although different aspects, altitude and the effect of the cooling ocean breezes moderate the climate within the different sub-regions of the Vale. A large number of soil types are present, although red-brown loams dominate. The biggest viticultural challenge is the potential for drought and the overall lack of water. Full bodied, robust and plush reds typify the McLaren Vale style. Plantings are dominated by Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, with smaller plantings of whites including Semillon, and Chardonnay. More recent plantings of Mediterranean varieties particularly suited to the climate, including Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Savagnin and Fiano have also been very successful.

Winery NOON WINERY

Langton’s Selections ^3Noon Reserve Shiraz, Noon Eclipse (Grenache Shiraz), Noon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Noon Solaire Reserve Grenache Noon is a micro-winery producing the superb Reserve Shiraz, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Eclipse Grenache Shiraz and the knockout Solaire Grenache. Drew Noon returned to his childhood home and family property in 1996 to take over the reigns of winemaking. The small 10 acre vineyard was entirely planted to Grenache in 1934 and 1945 on chocolatey sandy loams over red clay. Fruit is also sourced from Langhorne Creek from mature vineyards planted in the early 1960s and 1970s. The overall production is minuscule. Roseworthy-trained, Drew Noon was the Victorian State Oenologist before a winemaking stint in New South Wales. He is also one of Australia’s few Masters of Wine. He and his wife Rae (who designed all the labels and works as assistant winemaker) have quickly taken the winery from fringe dweller to the centre of winemaking refinemen
Langton’s Selections ^3Noon Reserve Shiraz, Noon Eclipse (Grenache Shiraz), Noon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Noon Solaire Reserve Grenache Noon is a micro-winery producing the superb Reserve Shiraz, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Eclipse Grenache Shiraz and the knockout Solaire Grenache. Drew Noon returned to his childhood home and family property in 1996 to take over the reigns of winemaking. The small 10 acre vineyard was entirely planted to Grenache in 1934 and 1945 on chocolatey sandy loams over red clay. Fruit is also sourced from Langhorne Creek from mature vineyards planted in the early 1960s and 1970s. The overall production is minuscule. Roseworthy-trained, Drew Noon was the Victorian State Oenologist before a winemaking stint in New South Wales. He is also one of Australia’s few Masters of Wine. He and his wife Rae (who designed all the labels and works as assistant winemaker) have quickly taken the winery from fringe dweller to the centre of winemaking refinement and magic. With incredibly limited financial resources, he has managed to show the superiority of his vineyard sites. The grapes are vinified in open fermenters and hand plunged to maximise extraction of colour and flavour, the Cabernet Sauvignon given some extended maceration. The wines are matured for 18 months in a combination of new (25-50%) and used American oak, all supplied to Noon winery by the same cooper, Schahinger, for 30 years. These wines speak with volumes of fruit and perfume and have captured the imagination of the local and American market. Noon is under an enormous amount of pressure to raise his prices, currently locked in at apparently well below their real value. With Torbreck and Chris Ringland/Three Rivers attracting huge values for similar quality wines, it is a conundrum for Noon. He doesn’t wish to disenfranchise his loyal band of followers and there is absolutely no intention to raise prices on the back of powerful endorsements. Yet, a pronouncement by Robert Parker Jr. that, “Life is too short not to be drinking the wine” of Drew Noon, is just a red rag to a bull. The result will be that the consumer will take advantage rather than the winemaker, illustrating how contemptible speculative markets can be. The Reserve Shiraz, from Langhorne Creek, is a superlative wine. It has incredible vibrancy and richness together with muscular fine loose-knit tannins. The wine has much in common with Wendouree, particularly tannins structure, except that it is generally much higher in alcohol and richness. The Solaire Reserve Grenache, from Noon’s original vineyard, is a highly perfumed gorgeously seductive wine with incredible richness and concentration. It generally comes in a 500 ml bottle. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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