Historically in Australia, these would have been described as Port wines but out of respect for the long standing use of this term in the wider world to describe the fortified wines of the Douro Valley in Portugal, we have stopped labelling them with the word Port.
The V.P. is a single vintage wine, bottled after 18 months maturation in barrel and suited to further bottle ageing. The Tawny is a blend of older vintages which have been matured in barrel in partial contact with the air for many years (the average age of the blend is 15 years) and it is ready to consume on release.
We do not produce a V.P. every year, only when conditions are right. Nor can we release a Tawny every year as we do not have enough maturing barrel stocks to permit this. Most years we are able to release one or the other.
Many of our V.P. customers like to cellar this wine and at 10 years old it is rich and smooth. However we do not discourage our more enthusiastic (typically younger) consumers from drinking their V.P. early as it is also delicious as a young wine.
Further information on cellaring, individual vintages and how they are drinking is available by clicking on the “Tasting Notes” button.
Food matching suggestions
For V.P., try it with a platter of matured cheddar or other flavoursome cheeses such as Emmental, Gruyere, or Tilsit. Dried fruits or dried fruit cake (alone or with chocolate in the style of Panforté) is also a delicious accompaniment. For Tawny, try it with the finest quality walnuts you can find or plain cakes like Madeira cake. Really delicious.
As an aside, whilst working a harvest in Bordeaux in 1992 I picked up the habit of drinking a small glass of chilled Port (from the fridge) as an aperitif. The cold serving temperature reduces the sweetness and the sugar feeds your appetite whilst you prepare for, or prepare, the evening meal. Works very well!
Fermentation takes place in small open vats which are regularly hand plunged to extract colour and tannins from the grape seeds and skins. Around two-thirds of the way through fermentation, the grapes are pressed and the still naturally sweet juice is fortified with brandy spirit to around 18-19 % alcohol. The wine is then matured for 18 months (in the case of the V.P.) or for around 15 years (in the case of the Tawny) in small oak barrels before bottling.
The wine is made and bottled on the estate.
100 dozen (500mL) per release
Vintages Produced (V.P.): 2016, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996 (the last two vintages were labelled Chalice)
Non Vintage Tawny : Released in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015.
The last VP we made was in 2006 so after a 10 year absence it gives us great pleasure to be able to offer this wine again. Produced from 100% Shiraz grown on the ‘Hedge Block’ at Langhorne Creek by the Borrett family. Conditions during the latter part of harvest this year were ideal for late picked wine and so we seized the opportunity to produce this VP. Dark, rich and inviting, with a palate full of flavour but not too sweet, it is enjoyable chilled as an aperitif or with food such as matured hard cheeses or 70%+ dark chocolate.
V.P can be cellared for many years but it’s also terrific to drink young. Welcome back VP!
October 2015 Noon Tawny release (500ml)
This blend has an average age of 15 years. Tawny red/brown in colour, with a lovely bouquet of fruit cake and grilled nuts, the flavour is intense but not heavy, with balanced sweetness and a long finish. Quite refined. Lovely served cold as an aperitif too.
October 2010 Noon Tawny release (500ml)
In 2010 we blended another Tawny by dipping into our old barrel stocks (with an average age of 12 years). This is one of our favourite wines to sip whilst preparing a meal! It possesses aromas of grilled nuts and toffee, with a lovely sweetness balanced by rancio dryness from age. It also makes a delicious accompaniment to christmas pudding or fruit cake. A very refined and characterful wine and this appears to be a particularly good bottling. No need for further maturing, in fact these wines are best drunk fresh from barrel so enjoy anytime!
NOT MADE** The 2008 harvest again saw our vineyards produce tiny crops due to drought conditions that were particularly severe across South Australia. We were not able to gather enough grapes to make a port in ’08 however we were able to release just a couple of barrels of Noon Solaire, a late harvested red (not fortified) that is perfect for having with a cheese platter. For tasting notes on the 2008 Noon Solaire (tasted alongside some amazing cheeses) go to ‘Other Wines’.
October 2008 Noon Tawny release (500ml)
Having barrel stocks of fortified wine maturing since dad's time has allowed us to release this Tawny, our first since 2004! The wine is brown in colour after spending an average of 15 years in barrel. The nose is full of nutty, caramel and fig jam characters. The palate is just lovely and shows the reason why good Tawny is so special. Sweet toffee, golden syrup, roasted hazelnuts and almond biscuits are the main flavours that persist for more than a minute after swallowing. Nothing could be finer with a handful of good walnuts, or as we’ve recently discovered – with a few Shortbread Biscuits!
Optimum drinking time: now!
NOT MADE** In 2007 a 15 year old Tawny was released. It was blended from precious old stocks of maturing Tawny barrels, some dating back to the winemaking years of David Noon (Drew’s father) and released in place of a 2007 V.P. The reason for this was due to insufficient grapes available in this very small but high quality vintage.
Tasting note: Medium-deep red in colour with a strong purple hue. Lovely nose of sweet plum jam, ripe strawberries, red currant jelly and spices (vanilla and clove). The palate is very refined and elegant (typical of 2006) yet intense and very long in flavour. The finish lasts for over a minute! Richly sweet, balanced by perfect acid/tannin to provide a silky smooth mouthfeel. Excellent, refined V.P., with less power than the 05 but more elegance. Produced from 100% Grenache.
Optimum drinking time: As for all of the V.P.s this has a broad drinking window. Best 2008 to 2020+
The wine is very deep red in colour. Lovely aromas of ripe blackberry fruit wafted from the glass and it appeared young and intense at this early stage of its life. Overall, a very good young V.P. produced from 100% Grenache.
Optimum drinking time: 2010 to 2025
100% Grenache. It has a complex and attractive nose showing a lot of rich, dark fruits. The palate is focused and pure, showing sweet fruits balanced by a near perfect marriage of acid, tannin and brandy spirit. Very good length of flavour. Simply, a good V.P. with plenty of potential for bottle ageing.
Optimum drinking time: 2010 to 2020
**NOT MADE A 15 year old Tawny was blended from old stocks, some dating back to the winemaking years of David Noon (Drew’s father) and released in place of a 2003 V.P., due to insufficient grapes available in this very small vintage.
Last tasted: April 2007 as part of a V.P. vertical line up. Impressive colour – very deep (much deeper than the 2001) and still holding a purple hue. A terrific nose rises from the glass of blackberries and red currants along with some floral notes (violets) and licorice. Smells complex and inviting. It is a powerful and youthful wine packed with sweet fruit and is reminiscent of a younger version of the 1998. An outstanding V.P..
Optimum drinking time: 2010 to 2022 (try it with almond biscotti).
Last tasted: April 2007 as part of a V.P. vertical line up. Excellent cork. This wine displays a medium red colour with some orange hues showing its development. The nose shows some bottle aged characters, with cinnamon, cherry jam and caramel notes. There is a lovely ripe sweetness of fruit on the palate that is well balanced by the brandy spirit which gives a dry spirity finish. This wine has excellent length and shows a warm year opulence and ripeness about it, in similar fashion to the 1997 V.P..
Optimum drinking time: Already quite mature. Drink now to 2012.
**NOT MADE This was the first time a Tawny was blended and released in place of a V.P. for many years. We did not produce a V.P. in 2000 due to unsuitable weather conditions.
Last tasted: April 2007 as part of a V.P. vertical line up. Excellent cork. Very little sediment in the bottle. The colour is a medium-deep red, with orange hues. The nose shows quite a lot of bottle development (particularly in contrast to the 1998) with caramel, stewed apricots, dried plums and malt. The palate has lovely sweet fruit of good depth (better than the nose would indicate) and finishes with quite a firm tannin/acid combination.
Optimum drinking time: Overall, this is an attractive medium weight wine ready for drinking now.
Last tasted: April 2007 as part of a V.P. vertical line up. There was a lot of sediment in the bottle upon pouring so decanting prior to serving is recommended. The colour of this wine is much more purple and less developed than the 1996, 1997 or 1999 V.P.’s. The nose is similarly young and undeveloped, still with lots of plum jam fruit aromas rising from the glass. A powerful palate is the first impression you get from tasting this wine, with big ripe plum and berry flavours that are balanced by strong tannins and complex brandy on the finish. This is a big, strapping V.P. that comes across as powerful, intense and drier in style. Our best V.P. to date (2005 may challenge this – time will tell)
Optimum drinking time: Good now if you like bold, powerful wines but it will certainly cellar for another 5 to 10 years if you prefer the gentleness that comes with bottle age.
(which became V.P. and labelled as such from the 1998 release)
Last tasted: 16th of May 2011. Two bottles were included in a donated case for the Japanese fundraising effort organised by Wine Australia in May 2011 so we thought it time to open a bottle to make a note on it and were very pleased to see that the wine was still as delicious as when we last saw it. The colour in the glass was medium to deep red with a tawny brown hue to the edge. This wine has thrown quite a deal of sediment in bottle with ageing. Decant before serving to avoid this. The wine is very expressive to taste, all sweet fruit, dominated by sultana, dried apricot and liqueur cherry. It has lovely ripeness rather than sugar sweetness that gives the palate an opulent fullness. There is an excellent length of flavour and the brandy spirit leaves the finish nicely dry with good length and persistence.
Optimum drinking time: Best drunk now (with a good wedge of Parmesan cheese and quince paste) or will hold for a further 10 years. Lovely.
(which became V.P. and labelled as such from the 1998 release)
Last tasted: April 2007 as part of a V.P. vertical line up. Only the 1996 and 1997 releases were labelled Chalice, a name which we were not able to trademark as it was already being used by another winery, unknown to us when we first began using it. In the glass, the wine shows a medium-deep colour with some tawny hues at the rim. The nose offers up blackberry and prune aromas, with a hint of licorice. Quite sweet, with good depth of flavour and some brandy spirit showing on the finish. Not the most profound of our V.P.s but an attractive medium-weight wine.
Optimum drinking time: Drink now with hard cheeses or dried fruit cakes such as Panforte or can be cellared further, up to about 2016.
1995 Noon’s Vintage Port
(old burgundy label with tasting glass)
Last tasted: 16th of September 2009. Strangely enough, in the past three months we had received two enquiries from mailing list customers for tasting notes on this wine so we thought we had better dig out a bottle and have a look at it. In the glass the colour looked to be medium in depth with some brick hues to it, expected for a wine of this age. The nose was lovely and fragrant in a sweet red berry and spice way, along with a touch of spirit. The palate was a very nice surprise, it was delicious now. We suspected that it would match perfectly with a selection of hard, strongly flavoured cheeses however we did not have any at the time and continued to just sip on it into the evening.
Optimum drinking time: Perfect right now although it should hold for a few years yet but why wait!
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