Noon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Langhorne Creek
Grapes for the Noon Reserve Cabernet come from the Fruit Trees and Main Road blocks of the Borrett family’s Langhorne Creek vineyard. The wine is made in a ripe, full-bodied style with the complexity and structure to justify cellaring.
Regular hand-plunging during fermentation assists with colour and tannin extraction before the wine is pressed using a manually-operated basket press. Maturation takes place in (roughly 40% new) French oak barriques (225 litres) for 18 months. Annual production is 500-700 dozen.
"The winery is in McLaren Vale, but the fruit for the Reserve bottlings are sourced from a grower in Langhorne Creek. Noon's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers plenty of mint (some might call it eucalypt) on the nose but also layers of super ripe cassis fruit and subtle cedary notes. It's full-bodied without being overblown, showing hallmark Cabernet restraint despite the ample richness and weight. The tannins leave a plush, velvety impression on the palate, giving a savory edge and a degree of elegance to the lingering finish." 93 points, Joe Czerwinski.
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.