A cool, dry continental climate with soils of low fertility (over 500 million years old) is a forbidding site to grow grapes. It does however, provide the opportunity to produce special wines of great concentration and elegance.
Mountadam Vineyards High Eden series is the selection of the best parcels of fruit from the Estate. ‘Milton’, formerly known as ‘The Red’, is a small and subtle tribute to the Brown family’s contribution to Mountadams legacy. The wine is named after David’s father, Milton Brown. Traditionally known as the best Cabernet or Cabernet blend from the Estate the 2021 vintage saw this wine as a straight Cabernet Sauvignon due to the high quality of a single block.
Cabernet sauvignon sourced from Block 21 in the High Eden at 550m above sea level; matured for 20 months in one to two-year-old French barriques. Deep crimson and packed with bramble-edged blackberry, blackcurrant and black cherry fruits. Hints of brown spice, violets, briar, licorice, cedar, sage and vanilla bean. There’s a lovely density with great tension between that High Eden mineral line and the ripe black fruits with fine, granite-dust tannins. The alcohol is high for a wine from the High Eden, but it handles it well and that fruit weight is impressive. – 95 points, Dave Brookes – James Halliday Wine Companion