At about the right age for drinking I think, Noon wines seem to take an age to lose their initial muscle and brutish power. When they settle and mature, as this has, they become more nuanced and complex and develop more intricate flavours. This is also less full bodied than in its youth, although still possesses deep and concentrated fruit. Black cherries, kirsch, cloves and olives are in abundance, excellent length and a long finish. Has good bones to hold for some time but I quite like it in its current state.
Appearance: Bright and clear, it has deep ruby color, with fading garnet rims and legs. Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity aromas of black fruit of blueberry and blackberry, some red fruit of raspberry and red cherries, pungent spice of licorice and pepper, kernel notes of roasted almond and , mineral notes of tar, maturity notes of game. The wine is developing. Palate: Dry with medium acidity, the wine has medium (-) tannin of ripe and smooth texture, with high alcohol but only a bit warming. It has a medium (+) body and medium (+) intensity flavors of black fruit such as plum and dark cherries, pungent spice of pepper, oak notes of toast, kernel notes of walnut, mineral notes of tar. The wine has a medium finish. Conclusion: Very good Australian Grenache-Shiraz blend, but the cork was broken upon opening, which was shared by some other tasters of the wine from the same vintage. Despite that, the wine has a good intensity on the nose, showing a nice range of complex characters. On the palate it is robust, strong with an alcohol level but not too overwhelming. The palate is reasonably concentrated with a nice finish, though the length was not phenomenal. It is ready to drink now and at peak, not supposed to further age.
I am so disappointed. We bought this bottle in Australia and it has been stored well since. The cork broke in half upon opening. Never a good sign. The wine was tainted in some way - probably slightly corked. What a bummer. I poured more than half out.
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