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Date Printed: 11/28/2014
Tait The Ball Buster 2008
Tait The Ball Buster 2008
(search item no. 102146)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep Black Purple. Intense aromas of blackcurrent, stewed plums, cherry, and chocolate. Full-bodied berry palate with a sweet long lasting finish.
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About Tait:

Tait Wines is a family owned winery located in the famous Barossa Valley, in South Australia. The Tait name has been involved in the wine industry for more than 100 years, practising the art of cooperage. Tait Wines is continuing this involvement by producing premium quality wines.

The inspiration behind Tait Wines was Giovanni Tait (1927-1997). Giovanni Tait migrated to Australia from Italy in 1957 to take up work as a cooper in the Barossa. His high skill and craftsmanship in his chosen trade led him to B Seppelts and Sons where he took an active role in the production and maturation of wine in oak casks. He learnt cooperage from his father and grandfather before migrating to Australia.

It was not until his sons grew older that his dream came to reality. With his sons, he founded a small winery called Tait Wines. His vision for Tait Wines was to be a traditional winery using all the old winemaking methods to produce hand crafted wines that were powerful in depth, flavour and taste. Each year, the family acknowledges their fathers vision by dedicating the estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon in his honor. This wine reflects all of Giovanni's qualities of age, depth of character and full of life.

Now Bruno with wife Michelle and brother Michael continue to produce premium boutique wines.



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Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Ridge Shiraz 2008
Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Ridge Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 102440)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep red color. Very lifted and intense nose of blackberry fruit, sweet spice and dark chocolate. The palate is very rich and flavorsome with blackberry and plum fruit. In addition to the primary fruit characters there is plenty of complexity in this wine with spice, earthy notes and graphite also evident. There is heaps of mouthfilling flavor complemented by chalky tannins. There is great length of fruit as well.
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About Thorn-Clarke:

The Thorn-Clarke family already has a long history in the Barossa - six generations of involvement in the region's world famous wine industry. The name Thorn-Clarke derives literally from the relationship between two long time Barossa families. The winery owners are David and Cheryl Clarke (nee Thorn) and their son Sam is manager of the winery. Cheryl's brother, David Thorn manages the Mount Crawford and Kabininge vineyards for Thorn-Clarke Wines. Her father Ron Thorn has one of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in Australia and possibly the world on the Thorn family property 'Clifton' outside of Angaston. Earliest records show this old vineyard was in existence in 1854.

Husband and wife, David and Cheryl Clarke both have deep family roots in the Barossa. Cheryl Clarke's family, the Thorn's, have been grape growers in the Barossa since the 1870's.

David Clarke's family were pioneers in the Barossa as well but most famously in the mining of gold from the Barossa Goldfields. One of his ancestors was James Goddard who was the responsible for opening the Lady Alice gold mine in the Barossa goldfields and which was the largest gold mine in South Australia at the time. It has been David's love of the wine industry that saw the planting of the Kabininge vineyard outside of Tanunda in 1987. The planting of the Kabininge vineyard represented the start of a deeper involvement by the family in the Barossa wine industry.