Canonbah Bridge Draught Reserve Shiraz 2005
The Canonbah Bridge Draught Reserve is only produced in draught years. Made from the Shiraz (Syrah) grape which has been left on the vine to raisonise. This produces a very fine Black Shiraz with an intense charactor, very dark in colour and with notes of black fruits on the nose. The wine exhibits a rich mouth feel with intense flavour of dried berries, a full spicy palate with a rich lingering finish, hints of aniseed and tobacco. Vigneron Shane Mclaughlin suggests this limited edition wine “is a great wine not to share!”
The drought conditions produce fruit of the required quality at a yield of under 1 tonne/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.
The vineyard is 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.
This wine is drinking now and should continue to develop for 12-15 years.