Brothers in Arms - Australia


In 1882 William Formby bought the Metala estate in Langhorne Creek from the original settler. In 1891, son Arthur planted the first vines on Metala. The 1891 and 1894 plantings consisted of Shiraz and Cabernet – of which about 12 acres are still producing premium fruit. Great grandson Guy Adams and his wife, Liz, now oversee the vineyards and winery and they will pass it along to the 6th generation – for which the No. 6 range is named.

Without doubt our greatest strength is being such an integrated business. We are in control of the management of our soils, pruning regimes, canopies and irrigation in the vineyard right through to deciding when best to bring the fruit into the winery.
We don’t feel the pressure to work to anyone else’s requirements at vintage and can therefore coax and nurture our ferments how we choose, allowing our Viticulture and winery teams to work closely together building skill sharing and teamwork.


The Wines

No.6 Shiraz

Sourced from the Metala Vineyards 1996 North and 2000 Shiraz blocks the fruit was machine harvested on the nights of 20th & 21st March 2019. A cool maceration of 10 days was given to capture the lifted aromatics as they are the signature of the No.6 range. Minimal filtration. Vegan friendly.

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No.6 Cabernet Sauvignon

Deeply coloured. This elegant Cabernet has blackberries, wild fennel and redcurrants. A savoury palate with redcurrants and elegant tannins build to a lingering finish. Pair with steak and wild mushrooms.

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Prior Tech Note (2016)