Formby & Adams
Although Metala was settled in the 1850s and is a fifth generation vineyard with a long and proud family history, it is the Brothers In Arms who made it what it is today. In 1891 William Formby wielded his leading team of Clydesdale horses into action, planting the first two acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. Today his great, great grandson Guy Adams continues the family’s grape growing traditions, consistently leading the way through a mix of traditional and modern vineyard management and winemaking practices that enable him to produce the best possible wines from his famous vineyard. Treated to eighteen months maturation in a combination of one to four year old French oak barriques. Alcohol 15.2%
Guy Adams grows wine grapes for some of Australia's most esteemed labels. The pick of the crop, from two individual plantings on the preeminent Metala Vineyard, is held back for Formby & Adams, the Cabernet contingent of Brothers in Arms.
"This Langhorne Creek red is a generous mouthful for under $20. Black olive aromas, ripe fruit. A really solid honest glass of red. Top Aussie red!" -Sydney Morning Herald, "It shows blackberry and plum on the nose and palate, spice, balanced oak and full tannins. Drink it with rump steak!" -Illawarra Mercury
Deep crimson colour with garnet hues. Intense aromas of blackberry, mulberry and dark cherry with hints of fennel and leather supported by spice and tar notes. A generous, structured palate exhibits blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, a touch of mint and an earthy texture. Chewy, textured tannins ensure a finish of balance and great length, Leading Horse drinks beautifully on release.
"Full of luscious cassis-like fruit flavour and carries a nice round of soft chocolatey, integrated tannins - both flavour and structure. It tastes a fraction warm but there's real quality to be had here!" -Sunday Telegraph, "Aromas of earthy red berries and a palate of considerable depth and length culminating in silky tannins!" -Mount Barker Courier