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Canonbah Bridge Wines

Drought Reserve
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SGM (Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre)
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Verdelho
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Sauvignon Blanc
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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”

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.

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