2005 Brothers in Arms Shiraz (Cork)
Vibrant, deep red colour with purple hues. Ripe, earthy dark fruit/blackberry aromas, anise, black pepper, mocha chocolate and subtle hints of mint and vanilla. The palate is comprised of layers of velvet, intense, sweet ripe fruit flavours that are balanced and well structured. The tannins are supple, textured and lengthy resulting in an approachable wine now, but with cellaring potential of up to 10-12 years.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2015
2009 MUNDUSvini Great International Wine Competition Award - Germany
2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition - London
2007 McLaren Vale Wine Show
2013 China Wine Awards
2009 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
2009 Sydney Royal Wine Show
2008 Decanter Wine Awards London
2008 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
2008 McLaren Vale Wine Show
2007 Rutherglen Wine Show
2007 The National Wine Show of Australia
2007 Royal Hobart Wine Show
2007 Australian Small Winemakers Show
2007 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
2007 Cowra Wine Show
"Get Serious about Shiraz"
Made from grapes of the original Adam Bros 1891 Metala vines in the eucalypt-rich mudflats of Langhorne Creek, this wine is the product of pure history. Wines from Langhorne Creek are very different from the Barossa: they have a slight minty edge which works well with lamb dishes. This vibrant super expressive Shiraz has aromas of mulberry, red currants, eucalyptus and chocolate mint. On the palate it has an elegant and smooth structure with ultra fine tannins. This wine is very approachable now but also has the potential to age for the next 10 years.
Appetite Magazine, Singapore March 2010
"Brothers enjoy being sloshed"
The latest release wines from Brothers in Arms include the new 2005 Langhorne Creek Shiraz. This new Shiraz is a lifted, minty wine with lovely chocolate and dark berry aromas. This wine would take kindly to a few hours in the decanter prior to drinking - no need to be too gentle with it. If it gets sloshed around a bit, all the better. The palate is luscious with a pleasant glycerol texture in the mouth. The tannins are velvety and integrated and overall the wine is well balanced. The alcohol pokes out a touch, but nothing to worry too much about. There is good length of flavour, and as mentioned, it looks better having been opened for a while.
www.definewine.com.au, March 2009
This Shiraz is a powerful, supple, sweet-fruited red. It's lovely now but almost certainly age well for a decade or more.
Pure history from the Adams Bros original 1891 Metala vines in the eucalypt rich mudflat of the Bremer estuary. It's a bowl of mulberry mudcake, elegant smooth supple and soft, luxurious with ultra fine tannin!
This is dizzyingly aromatic with swivelling bouquets and a fully satisfying palate of blackcurrant, trade spice and festive cake, mint, char and plum. The beautiful fruit characters dovetail into a seamless integration of dark, treacle/ vanilla oak and rubbery, savoury tannins!
Smells and tastes rich and luxurious - blackberry, plum, mint and dark chocolate, leather and toasty vanilla oak. Full bodied and awash with lush sweet fruit that's offset by savoury and very adult bitter chocolate flavours. Tannins are submerged, smooth and seemingly fine grained but give them a good rattle round in the mouth and they make themselves known. Notwithstanding its size, it offers a high yum factor, good drinkability (small nibbling sips are best) and plenty of appeal, but does bask in the warm glow of alcohol somewhat. A hearty wine made to go with big talk, game pies and grand plans.
The Wine Front
A seriously delicious wine with a touch of class. Plum, dark cherry, spice, vanilla, plus some mint in the mix as well. It tastes as you would expect Langhorne Creek Shiraz to taste, but it has the concentration, balance and fine tannin structure of anything but a generic regional wine. Ripe, but with a clean drying finish, this youthful Shiraz still needs a little time in the cellar to show its best.
The Wining Pro.
I have a huge load of mates that simply adore this wine maker and this wine in particular, describing it as powerful, understated and immensley drinkable all day long and who am I to disagree?
The aromas of this wine are undoubtedly complex: meaty, stewy, cedary and jammy - there's a lot going on, just not all going in the same direction. Yet it seems to come together on the palate, where it offers a creamy, mouthfilling texture, turning chewier on the finish. Hints of chocolate, coffee, molasses, mixed berries and peppery spice make for a rich, intense blend of flavors. Drink now – 2020.
The Wine Enthusiast, August 2009
The smell sucks the drinker in; all things ripe or rich fruit cake, well laced with brandy. It's classic rich Shiraz on the palate, flavours unfolding in a lazy Sunday sort of way. Good length, depth.
The Key Report, 4 May 2009
One of two new top-shelf red vintages inspired by brothers Guy and Tom Adams whose wine making heritage dates back 125 years and five generations at Langhorne Creek. Nicely crafted wine, textured and smooth in the mouth with upfront blackberry and plum fruit flavours, peppery characters, clever oaking and supple tannins. Drink now with lamb casserole, but will improve with time.
Illawarra Mercury, March 2005
Vineyard: Metala Vineyards, Langhorne Creek, SA
Variety: Shiraz 100%
Harvest date: 6 March - 4 April 2005
Bottling date: 6 September 2006
Sourced from: 100% single estate, 16 individual plantings
Baumé at harvest: 14.0 - 15.5
Alcohol: 15.0% v/v
Titratable acidity: 6.1g/l
Oak Maturation: 15 months in 50% new oak, 50% in 1-2 year old French/American barriques
Release date: 1 March 2009 – New release