This is a big wine, which is apparent from the deep colour combined with dark, brooding aromas of ripe blackberries, smoked meats, asphalt and pepper/spice coming from the glass. The palate is full bodied, pure and deeply flavoured, with great richness reflecting the very ripe vintage. There is a remarkable freshness to the seamless palate for a wine of this size and the length is excellent.
The Wine AdvocateThe 2005 Shiraz Reserve was sourced from a 45-year-old vineyard and aged for 18 months in American and French oak of various sizes. A saturated purple color, it presents an array of otherworldly scents including smoke, mineral, meat, game, bacon, and blueberry. Thick, rich, and voluptuous, this mouth-filling, full-bodied Shiraz is about as hedonistic as it gets. Although the wine is seamless, there is some tannin lurking under all the fruit which will permit 8-10 years of cellaring for those able to delay gratification. The finish is amazingly long and pure, seeming to never end. As usual, the Noon wines are benchmarks against which all others must be compared.