Some time last week as I was sitting at home trying to work out where to go on the weekend I received a message from a friend telling me about a winery who's cellar door was only open three weekends out of every year. Well, I didn't need any convincing so on sunday we packed the car and drove down to Noon Winery in one of South Australia's premier wine regions; McLaren Vale.
Rolling up to a hive of activity we could tell that we were in for a treat, the bright, rich greens of the vines in contrast with the dark moody interior makes for an aesthetically pleasing location and coupled with quirky old nicknacks decorating the cellars and the token 'wine dog' sitting at the door, this winery oozes with character.
Now for the wines! Walking in I had no idea what I was getting into but my god was I blown away! We started the tasting with a Rosé. I'm not usually a Rosé fan, my go to wines are anything red or a Prosecco so I wasn't expecting a lot but, wow! The cool, crisp taste on the palette, not too sweet was the perfect thing to start with on a warm morning (yes, we start early). Moving on we then tried the Shriaz, the Cabernet and the Eclipse, each wine better than the last. The Eclipse won for me on sunday. Produced from 80% Grenache and a 20% mix of Shiraz and Graciano, this full bodied wine left a smooth, rich taste on the palette and a longing for more on the mind. After siting outside, taking in the scenery we walked in with heavy hearts. Alas the tasting was over. As we thanked the winemaker profusely and put in our orders for take away bottles he pointed to a lonely bottle at the end of the counter; "would you like to try the fortified?" and my God we did. It was the perfect way to round out the tasting, the rich, sweet taste satiated our desire to run to the car, don a costume and try for round two.
With the cellar door open only three times out of the year this is definitely one to log into your calendar for 2018. Noon has a limit of only one bottle of each wine per household to share the love around which is a beautiful philosophy (if not slightly disappointing when you're ready to buy case after case) so make sure that you crack out these bottles on a special occasion, be it an anniversary or an evening when everyone has left the house.