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.
"It’s punchy with flavour, is clearly varietal, feels silken on the tongue and has good length. It’s warm with alcohol but it feels glossy and rich, its currant and asphalt flavours laced with mint and dust. The aromas have been blown off but the palate is excellent." 92 points, Campbell Mattinson.
Gentle mint notes on the nose give the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve a lifted, almost floral character. Combined with cherry and cassis fruit, it's clear that this is Cabernet, albeit very ripe, full-bodied Cabernet, with a supple, almost creamy texture. In some ways, it epitomizes Langhorne Creek, showing the sexy mid-palate reds from the region are known for, then it dresses that up with a long, elegant finish. Just watch the serving temperature closely to avoid the wine getting too warm.
93 points, Joe Czerwinski (September 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.