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1997 Noon - Eclipse (Syrah) 750ml
1997 Noon - Eclipse (Syrah)
Australia - South Australia - McLaren Vale
Red / Proprietary Blend
1997 Noon - Eclipse (Syrah)
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 85

Saturated ruby. Black raspberry, game, eucalyptus and a note of red berry liqueur. Thick, sweet and highly concentrated, with sound supporting acidity keeping the flavors fresh. Really fills the mouth with dense, superripe fruit. Very long, palate-staining finish; the ripe tannins coat the entire palate. This is a big boy, but I would never have guessed the alcohol was 16+%.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 122

The opaque purple-colored 1997 Eclipse (900 cases of a 65% Grenache, 35% Shiraz blend, from 35-60-year old vines) somehow manages to hide its 16.3% alcohol. The wine offers up cherry/blackberry liqueur-like aromas and flavors, an unctuous texture, and despite its ripeness, size, and richness, does not taste like a heavyweight, late-harvest, pruny wine. It seems to me that vineyards in this viticultural area (Langhorn Creek) can achieve an extraordinarily high degree of alcohol without the pruny flavors often associated with less alcoholic wines. This unfiltered beauty is extremely intense, yet should evolve into a civilized, spectacular Shiraz/Grenache blend that will age well for 10-15+ years.

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