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Our Wines

Canonbah Bridge Wines

Named after the old township of Canonbah, that bordered the McLaughlin’s farm.  In the early 1900’s the township was deserted and to this day all that remains is the old Canonbah Bridge.

The label depicts a Merino ram – jumping over the bridge – symbolizing the family’s leap of faith from wool to wine.

With this premium range the McLaughlin family aims to express the culmination of heritage meeting cutting edge winemaking and quality low yielded fruit.

Particular care is taken to maintain the low yielding vines with small berries.  This is most evident in the reds which display a fullness of flavour and intensity.

Maturation in a combination of French and American oak and the use of Rhone yeasts are further components of the McLaughlin’s aim to express this particular terroir.

Drought Reserve

Our hallmark Shiraz is only produced in drought years when exceptional conditions occur to produce fruit of the required quality at a yield of under 1 tonne/acre  (7 hectolitres/acre). The ultra low yields allow the vines to retain the acid level in the berries while they are left on the vine for an extra week to achieve 20% raisoning. This raisoning generates heightened sugar levels and extraordinary flavour concentration, not unlike the style of an Italian Amarone.  The wine is matured in new French and American oak (tight grain and medium to heavy toasting) for 30 months.

Vigneron Shane McLaughlin suggests this limited edition wine  “Is a great wine not to share” Tasting notes…

Canonbah Bridge SGM.

65% Shiraz; 25% Grenache; 10% Mourvedre “Australian wild child of France” – A medium bodied wine, displaying earthy gamey characters – created in the “Rhone style”.  Using Rhone yeasts and fermenting each varietal separately at 28-30 degrees Celsius enhances the old world elegance of this wine.

The Shiraz is matured in new American oak for 18 months, the Grenache in 3 year old French oak for 12-18 months and the Mourvedre is un oaked.  The wine is unfiltered and blended just prior to bottling.  Tasting notes…

Ram’s Leap Wines

The family’s core brand – is more contemporary in look and approachable in style, but just as serious when it comes to winemaking. The reds also exhibit the same hallmark intensity as a result of  yields of under 2 tonnes/acre (14 hectolitres/acre), careful winemaking and oak complexity.

The flagship wine for the family is the Ram’s Leap Shiraz displaying an intensely unique style.  The soil and climate are ideal for the Southern French varietals planted.  The coarse sandy alluvial soils deposited there by the Duck creek 2000 years ago and long ripening days create an ideal setting to construct full bodied wines with an unique outback terroir.

Ram’s Leap Shiraz.  “Old world sophistication with an Australian pedigree”.  The Shiraz is fermented with a Rhone yeast at 29-30 degrees Celsius.  This is to emulate the elegant style of the wines of the “Cote du Rhone” with a hallmark Australian intensity.  The ultra low yield (2 tonnes/acre) harvested from the Shiraz blocks is a testament to the intense flavour and colour profile and the reason why it is our flagship varietal.  After an extended time on skins (14 days) the wine is left to mature for 12 months in 2-3 year old American oak.  This allows the wine to retain its delicate fruit expression and display luscious cocoa characters on the palate. Tasting notes…

Bottle Tree Wines

The philosophy with this wine was to produce the highest quality wine at the most affordable price – utilizing a combination of estate grown fruit as well as some grapes that Shane sources from around the region.

The labels are brightly coloured, depicting an abstract interpretation of a Bottle Tree (a Baobab tree).  These almost comical looking trees have a swollen, bottle shaped trunk that stores water for drought periods. The roots of these trees have been an aboriginal delicacy.  In colonial times the hollowed out trunk was at times used as a day prison for convicts.  A door was cut into the side of the tree to lock up the prisoner. Tasting notes…

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