2005 Noon "Eclipse" Grenache-Shiraz Langhorne Creek South Australia
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Eclipse was aged in a mix of French and American oak, small and large, for 18 months. Composed of 65% Grenache and 35% Shiraz ranging in age from 40-70 years, it offers up a sublime perfume of garrigue, scorched earth, lavender, licorice, black cherry, and black raspberry. Full-bodied yet elegant, this succulent, sweet, layered blend has gobs of spicy blueberry, kirsch, and black fruit flavors, great balance, and a 60-second finish. Drink it now and over the next 15-20 years. (JM)
Saturated ruby. Powerful, port-like blackberry and cherry aromas are complicated by vanilla, mocha, cured tobacco and fresh flowers. Thick, oily and deeply concentrated, with palate-saturating flavors of dark berry liqueur, chewing tobacco and musky herbs firmed by slow-building, chewy tannins. Tests the definition of table wine and would be best served as one would use a Banyuls: with chocolate or, better still, blue cheese. There's something perversely appealing about this style...(JR)
Produced from old Grenache bush vines with a little Shiraz. It has a lovely deep red color and very attractive aroma of red berries and spice. The palate displays plenty of ripe fruit flavor and depth, maintaining a degree of finesse which is a characteristic of the vintage.