The Border Crossing 2018
THE WINE ADVOCATE 26/2/2021
Issue 253 End of February 2021, The Wine Advocate
Not short on intensity or flavor, Tait’s 2018 The Border Crossing Shiraz reprises the big, high-octane style that made this Barossa winery’s reputation. Blueberries, cherries and vanilla appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is remarkably ripe and supple and glides easily into a remarkably lithe, balanced finish. It should drink well for at least another 4–5 years.
G’Day Mates, with “The Ball Buster” and “The Wild Ride” under my best, I thought it was time for a new direction. I love the big lush texture of my Barossa wines, however, I’d heard so much about the Shiraz in McLaren Vale that I thought I’d go check it out.
After many border crossings, I found this block of old vine Shiraz that produces a wine that is big, lush and juicy – just like back home – but with the blueberry and mocha characteristics that set it apart from the black plum and licorice we get in Barossa reds. I’ve been back and forth to McLaren Vale so many times now that naming this wine was really easy!