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.
"Despite its labeled 15.5% alcohol, Noon's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve doesn't come across as hot, just powerful. It's a restrained power, held in check by a framework of elegant pencil shavings and minty notes. A big wine on the palate, it's loaded up with cassis fruit, ample weight and layers of velvety tannins, yet it finishes with plenty of persistence, elegance and complexity." 94 points, Joe Czerwinski.
Marble-like polish to the wine (and feel in a way). So dense and firm, yet has a seamless glide that charms. Heady scents of dark plum, dark chocolate, figs, dates, strong lavender and miscellaneous floral scents, a whiff of brambles. To sip is to be shocked then subdued. Such thickness and chewy, lush, dark berry and choc mint flavours. But the finish is mouthwatering (!), pretty and helps resent the palate. When people speak of balance, here you go. It’s a gorilla in a tutu (and you don’t see those often). I went back for more.
94 points, Mike Bennie (September 2017)
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.