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1997 Noon "Eclipse" Grenache/Shiraz Langhorne Creek South Australia

SKU #200116 95 points Robert Parker's 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. (RP)  (6/2009)

92 points James Halliday

 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. (JH)  (10/1998)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 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+%. (ST)  (7/1999)

K&L Notes

Brambly and ripe, this wine packs a punch with it's 16.3 percent natural alcohol level. 100 year old vines. This ultra-ripe beauty comes from Dan Phillips of 'the Grateful Palate'. Dan's portfolio was featured by Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate… 'In the twenty years I have been professionally tasting wine, I had never sat down to a tasting where I have known nothing about the wines to be tasted. Having been tipped off about a young American from California that had begun doing extraordinary work with high quality, small Australian wineries, I gave Dan Phillips a call to see if he would be interested in a tasting… At the end of a day's work, I felt like a colossal stooge, for rarely have I tasted so many exceptional wines. Some of his selections are reference points for their varietal and/or region. Dan Phillips is an immensely talented, enthusiastic young guy who will unquestionably make a name for himself given his uncanny ability to pick out sensational wine producing estates.'


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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Langhorne Creek