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Noon

Noon Winery is a small, family-owned winery in McLaren Vale producing earth-shattering red wines! Drew and his wife Raegan – gentle, considered people – took over the family winery in 1996. Their quiet respect for the land they nurture and the vines they tend is reflected in their wine-making style; gloriously powerful wines with minimal processing.

The property has 4.2ha of estate-grown bush vine Grenache vineyards planted in 1934 (the Home Block) and 1943 (BJ’s Block), with plantings in 1999 of a further 1.5ha, mostly Graciano. The Shiraz and Cabernet vineyards are grower owned by friends, the Borrett Family, in Langhorne Creek – tiny vineyards planted in 1962 and 1972 respectively. Production at Noon is only 3000 cases (in a good year) mostly sold to their loyal Australian customers. For most of the year, their cellar door sports a sign simply stating “Sorry, we have sold out of wine. Cellar door will reopen next November”!

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Noon Winery is run and owned by Drew and Raegan Noon. The Noon's are quiet and considered people making earth shattering wines! They make gloriously powered, ripe late-picked red wine styles. James Halliday once wrote that the Reserve Cabernet would be a good drink for a sumo wrestler!

Nature Friendly

Our vineyard is surrounded by native vegetation (mostly large gum trees) providing home to many species of birds and animals (including echidnas) which co-exist with us without conflict or impact most of the time, the exception being an occasional attack on our ripening fruit by the Rainbow Lorikeets! We are philosophical about this as any damage is not significant. Our vineyard is used by a small group of Eastern Grey Kangaroos as part of a corridor of vegetation they graze at the rear of our property (they eat the grass but not the vine leaves) and they have no trouble moving through our vineyard as there is no trellis used in our old bush vines.

Organic / Biodynamic

Since taking over the property from family in 1996 we have adopted many biodynamic practices on our estate vineyard and surrounding land though we are not certified as biodynamic and may never seek certification. We believe in biodynamics and that is why we do it, not for the certificate to help sell our wine. Our old vineyard (planted 1934) has been farmed with minimal intervention from chemical sprays all its life and we see no need to change that, only to enhance the soil life and biological activity in the vineyard further with biodynamic practices. We have been using the BD soil spray (500) in this vineyard since 1997. Much of this fruit is used in the production of our Eclipse wine. Our Reserve Shiraz and Cabernet vineyards are grower-owned and are farmed with sustainability as a priority. The Shiraz were planted in the early 1960s and the Cabernet in the early 1970s.

Water Conservation policies

Our McLaren Vale vineyards are not irrigated. Our grower-owned vineyards at Langhorne Creek are irrigated very sparingly, receiving one or two irrigations per season when the adjoining Bremer River is flowing with run off water in winter or early spring. Our winery waste water is collected to tanks on the property and put out via sprinklers to a small block where we have planted native species of Eucalypt we will harvest for heating fuel for our home. We are very conscious of water use in the winery and our home and we use less water in these two combined than the average suburban house (according to recent figures from SA Water). We collect rain water from our winery roof for use in both the winery and house.

Recycling of dry goods

Both our bottles and cartons contain recycled material. We recycle all bottles used at cellar door and all of the cardboard. Our capsules are made from tin, which is fully and easily recyclable and even the paint used on them is designed for recycling. We always have recyclability in mind when we choose our packaging.

Actions to neutralise carbon footprint

We are a very small business, with only two employees (Rae and I) plus a few casuals to help with winter pruning, order packing and of course harvesting. We live on the property so do not drive to work. We choose to use a bicycle to get around the property and push a wheelbarrow where possible instead of using the four wheel motorbike. We have well insulated cellars to minimise the need for energy inputs. We use evaporative cooling only if needed to protect quality during a prolonged summer heatwave. We release our wines in October each year to avoid the summer heat and any extra cooling required during the transport and sales period. We use energy saving light bulbs. A small but important part of our choice to stay with natural cork closures is to minimise our carbon footprint.

Social responsibility

The winery supports 12 foster children all over the world through Child Fund Australia. We receive regular reports of their progress in school and health improvement benefits such as vaccination programs.