Saturday, December 26, 2009


- Langhorne Creek, SA
- $15-$23
- Screwcap
- 14.5%alc

Brothers in Arms (est. 1998) is the wine brand of the Adams family, who have been growing grapes in Langhorne Creek since 1891 (including a cabernet sauvignon vineyard which is believed to be one of the oldest on the planet). The No.6 wines draw their name from the present Adams children; the sixth generation of this historic family business.

Warmly scented with a rather generous extract of seasoned, spicy oak overlying fruitcake, prune, dark plum and heady spirit aromas, this 2006 Shiraz reveals a softened, juicy and easily accessible palate whose length is drawn out by sweet oak and bright acids. Although adequately balanced, it's still heavily ripened and perhaps a bit old fashioned, finishing with a persisting meatiness, alcoholic warmth and a hint of salt.

X Unfortunately, the 2006 No.6 Shiraz clearly reflects the difficulties posed to Langhorne Creek growers recently (saline concerns, heat, drought etc.). Thanks to the Bremer River flooding earlier this year, followers of Langhorne Creek wine should be looking forward to 2010 releases with optimism. Drink to 2012.
86 points

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