Noon’s Eclipse has traditionally been made using old vine Grenache and Shiraz from the Noon vineyard at McLaren Vale. 2011 was a difficult year to say the least for most of Australia and McLaren Vale wasn’t left out. Entirely estate fruit, 2011 was the first ever vintage that Drew had to purchase and utilize a sorting table. Normally this is done in the vineyard and it was with this release, but he wanted to make sure that there were no grapes with rot or mildew finding their way into the fermenter.
Being more Grenache dominated than previous releases, it is slightly less deep in color and possesses the most beguiling perfume, along with extraordinary purity of flavor which saturates every corner of the palate. Despite this it retains a perfect sense of balance thanks to some lovely dry tannins on the long finish.
- Region: McLaren Vale
- Varietal: 81% Grenache - 13% Shiraz - 6% Graciano
- Vintage: 2011
- Vineyard: Noon Estate Vineyard
- Vine Age: 65 years old
- Yield: .9 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Sandy Loam over Orange Clay - Sandy Loam with White Quartz - Alluvial Wash over Sandy Loam
- Oak: 16 months in American & French barrique & foudre (15% new)
- Production: 500 cases
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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