1998 Noon "Eclipse" Grenache/Shiraz Langhorne Creek South Australia

SKU #200226 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-purple. Vibrant aromas of cassis, black plum and violet. Very dense and concentrated but unevolved and tightly wound; vibrant acidity gives the primary flavors a juicy, penetrating quality. Finishes very long, with tannins that are quite firm but not hard. Should reward aging. (ST) 91+  (7/2000)

K&L Notes

Noon's signature red, the 1998 "Eclipse" is a blend based on Grenache (approx 65%) with the balance old vine Shiraz (approx 35%). "We are not magicians with our winemaking methods," explain the folks at Noon, "preferring instead to intervene as little as possible so that the wine tends to reflect the flavors of the place where it was grown, rather than be dominated by winemaking techniques or overt oak flavors for instance."


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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