Brothers in Arms showcases the historic "Metala" vineyards at Langhorne Creek in South Australia, owned by Guy Adams and his family since 1882. The first vines were planted in 1891 comprising of two acres each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. These continue to flourish today - 120 years later. The Cabernet is the OLDEST OFFICIALLY RECORDED Cabernet Sauvignon growing on its own rootstocks in the world!!
Brothers in Arms produces just reds - all estate grown and estate made - from Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
Langhorne Creek is Australia's largest premium red grape growing region, where Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz in particular shine, along with Malbec and Petit Verdot. Other varieties such as Sangiovese, Viognier, Verdelho, Barbera and Pinot Gris are also proving themselves.
Langhorne Creek enjoys a mild, maritime climate, with the growing season only 0.5 degrees warmer than Coonawarra, and over 3 degrees cooler than McLaren Vale. It is the climate that has the most significant impact on the wines from Langhorne Creek. The reason for this is the region's giant Air-conditioner, Lake Alexandrina - three times the size of Sydney Harbour and just 4 kilometres away - and immediately behind that is the Southern Ocean. These combine to provide cooling afternoon sea breezes which typically see temperatures drop 6 to 8C, continuing to fall into the evening to an average of 12 or 13C.
The soils are alluvial sandy loams and many in the areas believe the eucalypt/mint character that can occur is derived from the thousands and thousands of years of decomposing leucalypts leaf litter, imparting character into the vines through the soil.
Langhorne Creek is pretty laid back, very much a "quiet achiever" region that has a determination to become better known.
Jim Urlwin has been our winemaker since 2008 and works closely with consultant winemaker Justin Lane and capably supported by cellar hands Dylan and Chris.
We differ to many wineries in that there is a collaborative approach taken to classifying every single batch produced each vintage and to the formulation of blends. Owners Guy and Liz Adams, Sales & Marketing Manager James Hall, Jim and Justin look at every parcel together 4 to 5 times a year, and every wine that finds its way into bottle is assessed and debated by this group.
We consistently receive awards and accolades across our range so we must be doing something right!!
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay
Balance, structure and texture are the attributes we endeavour to hit the mark on. Styles will vary from year to year as our philosophy is to have people see how the estate varies from year to year (season to season), reflecting the climate experienced.
Langhorne Creek does not make big, rich powerful reds. It certainly produces wines that are comcentrated and complex, but their tannin structure is typically textured, making them highly approachable. Natural acidity levels are usually pretty good so they age well and thrive with food.
Brothers in Arms, Killibinbin, Formby & Adams, Sixth Generation, Formby's Run
2011 - 1 x Gold (Best in Class), 4 x Silver and 2 x Bronze at Interational Wine & Spirit Competition (UK); 2 x Gold and 2 x Silver Medals at MUNDUSvini (Germany); 1 x Silver and 1 x Bronze at Decanter Wine Awards (UK)
2010 - 1 x Grand Gold (Best Red Wine - Overseas), 3 x Gold at MUNDUSvini(Germany); 1 x Gold and 1 x Silver Korea Wine Challenge; 2 x Silver (Best in Class), 1 x Bronze at IWSC (UK); 1 x Bronze at Decanter Wine Awards (UK)
Current vintage wines share 18 reviews of 90 points or more (across 9 wines)
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Cellar Door Hours
By appointment only. Call 08 8537 3182
Lake Plains Road,
Langhorne Creek, SA 5255