Noon Winery was established by David Noon in McLaren Vale in 1976. Grapes are sourced from five vineyards: ‘Winery Block’, planted in 1934 with Grenache; ‘Almond Block’, planted in 1999 with Graciano (a grape popular in Spain) and Shiraz; ‘BJ’s Block’, planted in 1943 with Grenache; ‘20 Rows Block’ in Langhorne Creek, planted in the early 1960s with Shiraz; and the ‘Fruit Trees Block’, planted in the early 1970s with Cabernet Sauvignon, also in Langhorne Creek.
As there are no trellis wires, the vines are free to grow as they wish, also known as ‘bush training’, hence why they look ‘a little wild. The grapes are all picked by hand, giving the vines ‘the individual attention they deserve.’ In 1996, David’s son and daughter-in-law, Drew and Raegan Noon, purchased the winery from him. Drew was one of the first Australians to become a ‘Master of Wine’, one of the most highly regarded wine qualifications in the world; to put it in perspective, there are only (as of 2019) 382 ‘Masters of Wine’. Noon Winery has developed an incredible following because of Drew’s knowledge and winemaking abilities. As the output is low, their wines are snapped up quickly.
Noon only produce full-bodied red wines, stating ‘Light wines...it’s just not us.’ The ‘Reserve Shiraz’ is produced from the ‘20 Rows Block’ in Langhorne Creek, and features an aroma of molasses, blueberries and green tea leaves. The wine has a firm, balanced and generous palate, described as having a ‘uniquely Australian’ taste. The ‘Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon’ generally has aromas of red berries and tobacco, and a palate of ‘purity of flavour.’ As expected, all Noon wines can be cellared and Reserves for 10 years or more.For more information on Noon and their wines, head to their website.