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2005 Vintage Report

Canonbah Bridge 2005 Vintage Report

General:

Vintage occurred between the 16th January and 26th January – starting a couple of weeks earlier than 2004 – and beginning just a week later than 2003’s vintage. During 2004, the NSW drought status was “broken” in a number of areas of the state with some welcome rainfall. However the Nyngan/Warren area remained mostly in drought – with some sporadic and minimal rains during the year – none of which occurred during the vines’ growth season. The January 2005 harvest again resulted in tiny yields – in fact less than we were expecting, with characteristic small berries. The Shiraz and Merlot did not seem to suffer as a result of the conditions – however the Semillon particularly struggled; with a poor canopy and the fruit suffered as a result.

The Canonbah Bridge Drought Reserve Shiraz was nominated for the George Mackey trophy – as one of the top 1% of wines to be exported out of Australia. The award is to be announced at the end of 2005.

In keeping with our commitment to maintaining an organic approach to vineyard management – we have begun to research some biodynamic aspects to grape growing. As such we noted the Biodynamic calendar information for the days we undertook key activities in the vineyard such as pruning and harvest. The suggestion is that a combination of the constellation of the moon, position of the sun; the elements etc has a favourable influence on the 4 parts of the plant – root, leaf, seed/fruit, and flower. At this stage – we are just noting our finds with interest.We looked at the Biodynamic calendar to see what plant part was influenced on the particular harvest day for each varietal (the suggestion is that flavour profile is influenced as a result).

Our key wines were picked on the following days:

Semillon:
Leaf day – suggesting herbaceous characteristics (Ram’s Leap Sem/Sauv and Bottle Tree Sem/Chard)

Verdelho:
Leaf and fruit day – suggesting herbaceous and fruit high notes (Canonbah Bridge Verdelho)

Merlot:
Root day – Suggesting earthy characters. (Ram’s Leap Merlot)

B3 Shiraz:
Root day – Suggesting earthy characters (Canonbah Bridge Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre)

B1 Shiraz:
Flower day – suggesting floral characters (Ram’s Leap Shiraz)

B2 Shiraz:
Fruit day – Suggesting bolder fruit high notes (Canonbah Bridge Drought Reserve Shiraz)

When the wines are released – these suggested characteristics can be put to the test!

Varietal reports are as follows: Shiraz, Merlot, Semillon, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache, Mourvedre.

VARIETY – SHIRAZ
Trellis system: Australian Sprawl
Harvest date: 21st, 22nd and 26th January
Yield/acre: 1.8 tonnes.
Picking method: machine
Baume: 14.5
pH: 3.45

VARIETY – MERLOT
Trellis System: Vertical Shoot Positioning
Harvest date: 20th January
Yield/acre: 2 tonnes
Picking method: machine
Baume: 14.5
pH: 3.5

VARIETY – SEMILLON
Trellis System: High Wire Vertical Shoot Positioning
Harvest date: 16th January
Yield/acre: 2.1 tonnes
Picking method: hand picked
Baume: 13
pH: 3.3

VARIETY – VERDELHO
Trellis system: Vertical Shoot Positioning
Harvest date: 17th January
Yield/acre: 3.1 tonnes.
Picking method: machine picked
Baume: 13.5
pH: 3.55

VARIETY – SAUVIGNON BLANC
Trellis System: Smart-Dyson
Harvest date:14th February
Yield/acre: 3 tonnes
Picking method: Night machine picking
Baume: 12
pH: 3.5

VARIETY – CHARDONNAY
Trellis System: Vertical Shoot Positioning
Harvest date: 19th February
Yield/acre: 3 tonnes
Picking method: Night machine picked
Baume: 13
pH: 3.4

VARIETY – GRENACHE
Trellis System: Bush vine
Harvest date: 23rd January
Yield/acre: 2.8 tonnes
Picking method: Night machine picked
Baume: 13
pH: 3.5

VARIETY – MOURVEDRE
Trellis System: Australian Sprawl
Harvest date: 23rd January
Yield/acre: 3 tonnes
Picking method: Night machine picked
Baume: 13.5
pH: 3.7

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