It is an industry secret that a lot of the great wines of South Australia have been bolstered with fruit from Langhorne Creek at one point or another. When you taste this Brothers in Arms No. 6 Cabernet you will understand why. Such density, richness of flavour and sheer joy. One glass of this wine is enough to put a big smile on your face and Langhorne Creek on your wine drinking map.
The story of Brothers in Arms is about the custodianship of a special block of land: Metala. In 1891 the first vines were planted on Metala. The original plantings of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are still producing grapes. The vineyard has been expanded and evolved but at its core is the old blocks that make this one of the best sites in Australia.
The region that has done so much, for so many but never truly recognised for its efforts. Dry, hot and disease free, there are some lovely reds being made here or used to blend into and bolster bigger brand wines. Whites are just finding their feet too. There are a handful of excellent quality producers to watch.
The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long term. Often blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz will fix the hole Cabernet has in its middle palate.