Grapes for the Reserve Shiraz have been sourced from the same vineyard (the 1.6 hectare ‘20 Rows’ block in Langhorne Creek owned by the Borrett family) since the first Reserve Shiraz in 1997. Earlier bottlings of this wine; 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989 and 1987 (when my father David was the winemaker) were labelled simply as Noon’s Traditional Red.
The Noon Reserve Shiraz is a full bodied, generously flavoured wine. If you usually prefer white wines or more elegant, light-medium bodied reds then this may not be the wine for you. It may be drunk young but will certainly reward cellaring.
Note that there was no 2008 or 2011 Reserve Shiraz produced.
Food matching suggestions
Choose strongly flavoured dishes such as lamb shanks or Osso Bucco to accompany young vintages. As the Noon Reserve Shiraz matures, tannins mellow and complexity builds and it becomes a good partner for a simple but high quality beef T-Bone or aged rump steak.
It is a good idea to decant this wine at least 30 minutes prior to serving (the younger the wine the longer the time). Aeration will help release the wines aromas and flavours and any sediment formed during maturation can be left behind.
100% Shiraz from the ‘20 Rows’ block in Langhorne Creek, South Australia.
Noon Reserve Shiraz is matured in small (300 litre) French and American oak barrels for 18 months. We use approximately 30-40% new oak for this wine, with the aim of adding complexity and structure without dominating the fruit flavour.
Each year we work closely with the Borrett family to choose the ideal harvest time. Fermentation takes place in our small open vats which are hand plunged to help extract the naturally abundant colour and tannins present in the grapes.
After fermentation is complete (typically 10 to 20 days) pressing is done by hand using small manual basket presses and care is taken not to extract too much bitterness or astringency by rough handling and over-pressing.
The wine is crushed, fermented, matured and bottled on our property.
750 – 850 dozen. Older vineyards reflect the seasons more clearly and production can vary significantly, especially in years affected by drought.
The 20 Rows Shiraz block was planted in 1962 on the Langhorne Creek flood plain, which is managed to receive late winter and early spring flood water from the Bremer River assisted by a series of channels and weirs. This is a special and unique terroir which has been producing wine this way since the mid 1800’s. The vineyard area of Langhorne Creek today has expanded well outside this original flood plain and the growing conditions in the new vineyards are quite different. One could make a good argument for the appellation Langhorne Creek to be used exclusively for the historic flood plain land. The ‘20 Rows’ vines are quite low yielding for the area at around 3-4 tons/acre. They are growing on their own roots as the region is free of phylloxera. The soil in this vineyard is a deep alluvial clay loam with an almost shimmering quality about it which produces small, black-coloured and perfectly formed Shiraz berries, packed with flavour.
Vintages Produced: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, (no 2011 Reserve Shiraz produced, replaced by a special release wine called M2M), 2010, 2009, (no 2008 Reserve Shiraz produced), 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
2017 Reserve Shiraz
Produced this year from fruit grown on the Main Road block in Langhorne Creek by the Borrett family. The Main Road block sits only a few hundred metres from the 20 Rows block and stood up to the cooler, wetter seasonal conditions better. It has produced a lovely big robust wine.
Dark in colour, with a very intriguing, complex aroma of molasses, green tea leaves, fresh earth and blueberries. It smells sweet and earthy and very attractive. It presents a big mouthful of flavour, being notably soft and generous and yet still managing to finish firm and balanced; a great combination. This is a large scale, complex tasting wine. I think this wine style is uniquely Australian?
Drink anytime over the next 10 years or more. It's perfect now with a slow cooked beef daube.
2016 Reserve Shiraz
Produced from Shiraz grown on the 20 Rows block in Langhorne Creek by the Borrett family.
Much more than a simple fruit bomb, this wine is intriguingly subtle at first, with complex, savoury aromas (soy sauce, nutmeg and green tea) emerging with time in the glass. The palate is medium to full bodied and has a gentle mouth feel with persistent firm tannin to finish. It comes across as a strong silent type which will have a lot to say if you take the time to get to know it. This is a wine which should evolve nicely in the cellar over the next 10 years and more.
2015 Reserve Shiraz
Produced from Langhorne Creek Shiraz from the Borrett family 20 Rows block.
The wine is deep in colour, with aromas of beef stock, soy sauce and molasses. The palate is full bodied but round, with firm tannins providing a lovely balance and a long finish. Very nice to drink now or can be cellared for 10 years or more. Try it with a slow cooked Corsican beef stew with pasta and grated pecorino cheese.
2014 Reserve Shiraz
In contrast to McLaren Vale, the harvest was late in Langhorne Creek and the crops slightly above average, producing softer, earlier maturing wines. This wine was produced, as usual, from the 20 Rows block.
Medium deep red in colour.
Smoky bacon at first on the nose, along with a complex amalgam of fresh herbs and asparagus, sweet dark berries and molasses. Intriguing and attractive.
Lovely palate texture, with sweet-fruited entry, then round and soft before firm tannins provide balance on the long finish.
Not a heavy weight; in fact only medium bodied and quite savoury in style.
Will benefit from cellaring but an earlier maturing wine than say the 2012.
Drink now to 2024+
2013 Reserve Shiraz
Dark in colour, with aromas of blackberries, spices and bacon fat.
Very full bodied and opulent in the mouth, with a firm finish which maintains a lovely balance.
A generous wine from a warm, early vintage. Appears to be very successful.
Can be drunk now with robust food.
Best drinking now-2023+
2012 Reserve Shiraz
The first release under screw cap.
Nice deep colour, with a healthy purple hue.
Interesting and attractive nose, with sweet blackberries and molasses, along with complex notes of undergrowth. Opens further with air/time in the glass.
Full bodied, the tannins now starting to soften, providing a more rounded mouth feel.
Long, even finish, with no sharp edges. Poised and refined, perhaps a little like 2006 in style.
Has the balance and structure to age gracefully.
Optimum drinking time: now to 2025++
2011 M2M (2011 Reserve Shiraz not made)
Produced from 65% McLaren Vale Shiraz (Sellicks Beach) and 35% McLaren Vale Grenache
Unfortunately we were not able to produce a 2011 Reserve Shiraz. After many years of drought and excessively hot weather affecting life and the size and quality of the grape harvests in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 in much of south east Australia, the pendulum finally swung the other way in 2011. A little too far the other way. The challenges and dramas of vintage 2011 were caused by cool, excessively wet weather through the growing season…from one extreme to the other.
In response to the unique circumstances of the 2011 vintage where we lost the crop at Langhorne Creek (the source of our Reserve Shiraz and Cabernet wines) due to this difficult weather, we produced a one-off wine named Minute to Midnight (M2M for short) from Sellicks Beach Shiraz grown by our friends the Petagna family, co-fermented with 35% of our old vine Grenache.
Good cork and level.
Deep colour with a mature brick hue.
Lovely nose; complex, with briar/cedar notes along with sweet ripe red berries.
Very full bodied with a soft, rounded texture and firm but not harsh tannins on the finish.
At a nice stage of development, still with youthful fruit but also a mature softness and complexity. Early middle aged.
I expect this will continue to mature quite nicely if you want to wait further but it's drinking very nicely now.
Best now to 2020.
We do not expect this wine to be produced again.
2010 Reserve Shiraz
Last tasted: 11 March 2016
Deep red in colour, still holding onto some purple.
Attractive, complex nose of blackberries, pepper/spice and licorice, with a touch of forest floor/undergrowth.
Nice texture - full bodied but soft, with a touch of creaminess.
Good balance - sits very well on the palate.
Optimum drinking time: now to 2020+
2009 Reserve Shiraz
Due to the dry and hot season, the crop this year was very small.
Last tasted: 18 June 2014
Very deep in colour.
The nose was slightly closed on pouring, opening up after a minute in the glass to reveal lovely fresh, sweet berries and herbs, along with darker molasses and black pepper/spice aromas.
The palate displays lots of extract and weight. This is quite a mouthful. The balance is good despite the size, thanks to fresh acidity and a nice tannin framework. Excellent persistence of flavour. Impressive. Share with friends who like big reds.
Optimum drinking time: best now to 2020+
(2008 Reserve Shiraz)-not produced
Unfortunately we did not produce a 2008 Reserve Shiraz due to the difficult heatwave conditions experienced during the 2008 vintage. For further information on the 2008 harvest, please click on the “Vintages” button at the top of the page.
2007 Reserve Shiraz
Last tasted: 21 June 2014
Deep colour with a touch of brick hue indicating development.
The nose was quite closed at first, opening up after a minute in the glass to reveal ripe blackberries, soot/tar and spices (vanilla/pepper).
The drought year has produced a big, full bodied wine with excellent depth. The high alcohol is just evident on the finish. A big wine, packed with flavour. Quite tightly structured and maturing slowly.
Optimum drinking time: now to 2025+
2006 Reserve Shiraz
Last tasted: 21 September 2015
Deep in colour, with a relatively youthful hue showing only a touch of brick.
Smells good, with a nice combination of fresh strawberries and mango chutney with black pepper, graphite and a little cedar indicating maturity. Seems at a nice stage of development.
The palate is full bodied but there is a touch of elegance typical of 2006. This is a more moderate wine than the 2005, with no obvious high ripeness/alcohol. Still looking quite young. A very balanced/natural wine and attractive for that.
Optimum drinking time: now to 2025+
2005 Reserve Shiraz
Last tasted: 21 September 2015
A good cork was extracted from this bottle, with little wine travel.
Deep, impressive looking colour, with just the beginnings of a brick hue developing.
The nose displays dark fruits, along with a touch of cardamom, pepper, tar and molasses. Quite youthful to smell. Will benefit from decanting.
This is a big wine (in contrast to the 2004 below) with plenty of extract. The balance remains good, thanks to fresh acidity and firm tannins. Quite a mouthful. Clearly conveys the wonderful ripeness of this excellent vintage.
Optimum drinking time: developing very slowly; best now to 2025+
2004 Reserve Shiraz
Last tasted: 21 September 2015
The colour is deep red, with a brick hue typical for this age.
Has an attractive, mature nose with cedar/spice, tobacco and licorice notes, along with fruit chutney.
This is a medium rather than heavy weight wine, typical of 2004. There is a nice soft texture to the palate with fresh acidity providing balance. Gives the sense of being restrained rather than bold. Very nice right now.
Optimum drinking time: now to 2024 (if well cellared and with a good cork)
2003 Reserve Shiraz
Last tasted: 7th of February 2015
Tasting note: A near perfect looking cork was extracted from this bottle, with almost no wine travel.
Very deep in colour, with a good hue for its age.
The nose is quite intense, showing ripe dark plums, licorice and spice. There are some mature cedar/tobacco notes too.
The palate is full bodied, with fresh acidity and deep-set dark flavours.
The tannins are still a little edgy and youthful looking.
Delivers quite a mouthful of flavour due to its drought year origins.
Best consumed with a piece of char-grilled meat or soft, smelly cheese.
Optimum drinking time: now to around 2020+
2002 Reserve Shiraz
Last tasted: 4th of February 2015
Tasting note: This bottle (from our cellar) had a beautiful looking cork, with almost no wine travel.
The wine displays a very deep colour, with a remarkably youthful hue.
The colour gives a good indication of this wine's development. It seems to be maturing at a glacial pace.
The nose is reminiscent of tar and graphite, with a molasses-like fruity note, along with deep plum and black berry aromas.
The palate is very full bodied, with loads of extract and still tastes tight and unevolved.
Optimum drinking time: now to 2025+ (cellaring conditions will be important in the long term)
2001 Reserve Shiraz
Last tasted: 27 September 2015
Medium deep colour with a surprisingly youthful hue.
Has an attractive mature aroma of cedar, clove and pepper along with blueberry jam.
The palate is big, ripe and soft in texture due to the warm vintage. Balance is provided by fresh acidity. Finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth.
Currently appears mid way between youth and full maturity.
Optimum drinking time: now to 2020
**don't serve this wine too warm (16-18 degrees is ideal)
2000 Reserve Shiraz
Last tasted: 23rd of July 2011 (One of four reds opened for a mid year luncheon with our growers, the Borrett Family from Langhorne Creek).
Food match when last tasted: T-Bone beef steak with fried mushrooms and onion from the BBQ along with rosemary potatoes and buttered baby Brussels sprouts.
Tasting Note: After a little breathing, the nose opens up to show aromas of dark berry fruits along with tar, asphalt, molasses and spice with a herbal edge. From a lesser vintage, this wine continues to show well. It possesses a full bodied palate though there is less richness to it than say the 2001 (from a riper year). The acidity is a little more prominent than usual and there is a slightly leaner, drier style to this wine as you might expect from this vintage but it is still providing excellent drinking.
Optimum drinking time: Best drunk now through until around 2014+.
1999 Reserve Shiraz
Last tasted: 3rd of February 2015
Tasting note: This bottle from our cellar had a good fill level and cork (very little wine travel) although the cork broke during extraction and needed a second attempt to get it out (old corks are fragile and often hard to remove).
The wine is very dark red in colour and appears remarkably youthful.
There are licorice, spice, blackberries and cedar aromas (initially rather closed, the fruit coming forward with a little time in the glass).
The palate is full bodied, with fresh acidity typical of the '99 vintage. The flavour has evened out nicely with maturation, now tasting quite rounded where in youth the tannins were tight. The finish lingers well.
In good condition for its age.
Optimum drinking time: Fully mature but not in decline. Best now to say….2020.
1998 Reserve Shiraz
Last tasted: Opened on 18th of May 2011 to make notes for our new U.S. importer, Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports.
Food match when last tasted: Unfortunately not tasted with food on this occasion but this wine should go awfully well with Steak and Kidney Pie.
Tasting note: Nicely deep in colour, this wine, remarkably, is still holding on to a touch of youthful purple hue. The nose smells of coal dust, blackberries, blackcurrant and a touch of herb. On the palate the 98 Shiraz delivers a big mouthful of flavour, maintaining very good balance and freshness for a 13 year old. There is a hint of roasted seaweed/soy flavour which adds further interest to the long finish.
Optimum drinking time: Drinking well now, or could safely be cellared for another 10 years.
1997 Reserve Shiraz
Last tasted: 10th of July 2011
Food match when last tasted: BBQ T-Bone Steak with mushrooms and sautéed onions.
Tasting note: 1997 was our first vintage after taking the reins from David Noon and his team so this wine holds a lot of memories for us. With an excellent deep red colour it now has some mature brick hues showing towards the edge of the glass. There are dark plums, molasses, a little cedar and asphalt aromas on the nose with the palate being very rich and full of liqueur blueberry, plum and spice flavour. There is good freshness of fruit for the age and excellent length.
Optimum drinking time: A big wine that is now fully mature and ready. Could be cellared for another 3-5 years without much change, after which we expect it will begin to slowly decline.
1996 Reserve Shiraz
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