Australia’s Rare Cult Favorite
“Life is too short not to be drinking the wines of Drew and Rae Noon,” says Robert Parker of the legendary Noon Winery, adding that Noon is a “superstar winery” that “sets the bar for South Australia.” That’s high praise, considering that wines like Penfolds Grange, Henschke’s Hill Of Grace, and Chris Ringland all fetch $500+ a bottle, and yet, Parker continues to rave about Noon: “These are wines of extraordinary depth and richness, with amazing upside potential in the bottle.” Since 2001, all 12 vintages rated by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate of Noon’s generous, Grenache-based “Eclipse” have received scores between 94-97 points. To put the 2015 in context Parker rated the 2015 vintage the same as for 2013, in which year the Noon Eclipse scored 97 points, which is certainly where the quality of this 2015 vintage wine sits. Most vintages sell out within weeks after release, but thanks to our Chief Wine Officer, Matt Deller, MW — who worked at Noon in 1998 — we’ve secured the ONLY stateside allocation of the old-vine 2015 Noon Eclipse.
Owner Drew Noon is one of the few Masters of Wine in his native country, and an iconic figure in the Aussie wine industry. On the farm and vineyard he inherited from his father, Noon pursues a minimalist, artisanal, dry-farming approach that produces red wines of mind-boggling opulence and complexity.
The fruit for the Noon Eclipse is sourced from three distinct blocks, all estate-grown, at the home property in McLaren Vale. Ancient-vine, own-rooted Grenache, planted in 1934 and 1943, and Shiraz and Graciano from the pristine Almond Block benefit from the region’s warm, abundant sunlight and replenishing winter floods. After a season of pruning and harvesting completely by hand, Drew and his wife Rae basket-press the grapes, which then ferment with native yeasts in ancient open-top oak barrels.