Shiraz Langhorne Creek South Australia
Number 6 is a reference to the sixth generation of Adams family to grow wine grapes on the historic Metala property at Langhorne Creek. Arthur Formby planted twenty one rows of Shiraz here in 1891 and a further 5½ acres in 1894, much of which is still producing outstanding quality fruit. The wines of Metala are legendary and represent many of Langhorne Creek's most memorable vintages. An intense but balanced Shiraz wine of delicious, gently spiced plum flavours and regional eucalypt minty notes, supported by fine, velvet tannins.
Whilst the Metala property, along the banks of Bremer River, was settled in the mid 1850s and endures as a sixth generation vineyard with a long and proud family history, it was the entrepreneurship of the Brothers in Arms which made it the internationally renowned vineyard that it is today. Wine was made at the estate's stone cellars from the late 1890s. Stonyfell took over in 1910, maintaining the original open fermenters and cellars. Beringer Blass still source grapes here for their flagship Metala label. Three individual plantings of Shiraz are harvested at complete ripeness, vinified and treated to eighteen months maturation in a combination of new and prior use French oak barriques.
Deep dark red/ plum in colour. Gentle black pepper and spice support lifted red currant and raspberry aromas along with subtle darker fruits, blackcurrant, plums and notes of mint. Medium bodied in structure, the palate displays a balance of regional sweet red fruits, pepper/ spice and plush, soft tannins to achieve a wine of length and complexity.