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2016
Noon
'Eclipse'
McLaren Vale

2016
Noon
'Eclipse'
McLaren Vale

The 2016 vintage has produced an excellent Eclipse. The old vines yielded small berries in response to the dry conditions and this has endowed the wine with extra flavour and tannin structure. It is full bodied but not heavy, maintaining a lovely natural poise and balance. It’s amazing how Grenache can be so damn pretty and yet so authoritative. But you need old vines and low yields to get this intensity.
Drink it now with char grilled beef and garlic butter or cellar for up to 10 years.

The wine is matured in small 300 litre French and American oak barrels and large (Foudre and demi-muid sized) oak casks for 18 months. There is only a small percentage of new oak used (about 5-10%) normally just for maturing the Shiraz portion of the wine. The grapes are picked by hand and fermentation takes place in small open vats with manual pigeage, to help extract colour and tannins. Pressing is also done by hand, using small basket presses which are gentle and do not extract too much bitterness or astringency. Noon Eclipse is grown, made and bottled on the estate.

  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Varietal: 87% Grenache - 8% Graciano - 5% Shiraz
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vineyard: Winery Block, Almond Block and BJ’s Block
  • Vine Age: Winery Block - 82 years old; Almond Block - 15 years old; BJ’s Block - 73 years old
  • Soil Type: BJ's Block (Light Sandy Loam with Quartz over Clay) - Winery Block (Sandy Loam over Heavy Clay with Riddled Gravel) - Almond Block (Gravel & Sand over Clay)
  • Oak: 18 months in small 300 litre French and American oak barrels and large (Foudre and demi-muid sized) oak casks (5-10% new)
  • Production: 700 cases
Winery & Regional Information
MCLAREN VALE

John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »

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MCLAREN VALE

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