Noon Reserve Shiraz, Langhorne Creek
This opulent and densely concentrated wine is sourced from the ‘20 Rows’ block within the Borrett family’s Langhorne Creek vineyard. It is vinified in small, open vats, pressed using a traditional basket press and aged for 18 months in new (30-40%) and seasoned, 300-litre American and French oak barrels. It is unashamedly a full-bodied, generously-flavoured wine with annual production between 750 and 850 dozen.
Life is too short not to be drinking the wines of Drew Noon. Robert Parker
Parker’s ratings for 15 Noon Reserve Shiraz vintages between 1997 and 2013 inclusive comprise five 99s, three 98s, two 97s, four 96s and one 93+
Like always, Noon's 2014 Shiraz Reserve is sourced from a grower in Langhorne Creek. While it's a big, ripe, rich wine, it shows terrific complexity in its hints of cracked pepper, mint, clove and allspice layered over a bed of mixed dark berries. Full-bodied, it's loaded with supple tannins and blueberry fruit, yet it finishes dry and savoury. It should drink well for a decade or more.
95 points, Joe Czerwinski, March 2018.
Vines were first planted in Langhorne Creek, south of Adelaide, by Frank Potts soon after the establishment of Bleasdale in 1850. The region is a large, broad, sparsely-populated plain watered by the Bremer and Angas rivers. It was named after Alfred Langhorne, a drover who crossed the Bremer River at a place that became known as Langhorne's Crossing. The name evolved to become Langhorne Creek. A cool, maritime region with deep, fertile, alluvial soils, Langhorne Creek is best known for medium to full bodied red wines made, in particular, from shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Reliable quality and volume has made it a favoured source for major producers and much of the region’s large crop goes to make wines that are not specifically identified with the region.