Noon Eclipse 1997
Other Red Blends from Australia
Still deep red in color, with a brick hue. A relatively youthful appearance. The nose shows fresh forest berries, along with some tar/molasses (from the warm vintage) and spice. The palate has a soft, full bodied structure, with evident high alcohol and a crisp acidity adding balance. Tastes mature but not over-mature. Looking good and will hold until well past 20 years if you have a well cellared bottle and a good cork.
Blend: 62% Grenache, 38% Shiraz
The Wine Advocate - "The 1997 Eclipse exhibits notes of camphor, kirsch liqueur, and black currant fruit intermixed with spice box, pepper, and earth. It is a full-bodied, beautifully textured, juicy, long wine that is close to full maturity, yet is capable of lasting another 5-10 years."
Australian Wine Companion - "Strong purple-red; the bouquet has attractive blackberry/earthy fruit and minimal oak evident. The palate has abundant but pleasantly chewy chocolate and red fruit flavours; the tannins are not aggressive and the wine has excellent length. Amazingly, the alcohol does not result in a hot finish."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Saturated ruby. Black raspberry, game, eucalyptus and a note of red berry liqueur. Thick, sweet and highly concentrated, with sound supporting acidity keeping the flavors fresh. Really fills the mouth with dense, superripe fruit. Very long, palate-staining finish; the ripe tannins coat the entire palate. This is a big boy, but I would never have guessed the alcohol was 16+%."
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The darling of the Australian small winery scene, Noon has a great following both in Australia and in particular the US. Drew Noon produces some unique wines packed with ripe red fruit and often high levels of alcohol. Drew Noon took over operating the family owned Noon winery after spending time as Winemaker at Cassegrain and other ventures in Victoria.
The Eclipse and Reserve shiraz can command high levels of capital increase and are definitely wines to hold on to (if you can get them). View all Noon Wines
About Other Australia
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
Western Australia– A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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