Tait Ball Buster Red 2008
91 points Jay Miller (Wine Advocate): The Ball Buster is a perennial Best Buy in these pages... 76% Shiraz, 12% Cab Sauv, and 12% Merlot in seasoned, predominantly American oak. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up a fragrant perfume of pencil lead, licorice, spice box, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Layered, savory, and long on the palate, this well-balanced, pleasure-bent effort will drink well for another 4-6 years. (Dec 2009)
Well done mates.
External Reviews for Tait Ball Buster Red
Bright and lively, offering a pretty mouthful of currant and spice flavors, hinting at sage as the finish lingers. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now.
Tait has been establishing a track record for hedonistically rendered wines at consumer friendly prices for several years. Previous vintages of this wine have been smash hits and the 2006 The Ball Buster is a lock to continue the trend. It is a 15,000 case cuvee, all of which was basket-pressed, a labor-intensive process not commonly associated with a wine in this price category. The wine is composed of 78% Shiraz, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot aged for 12 months in used French and American oak. Purple-colored, it exhibits a classy bouquet of cedar, earth, tar, espresso, blueberry, black currants, and licorice. Supple, ripe and soft on the palate, this seamless, crowd-pleaser of a wine can be enjoyed now and over the next several years. It is an awesome value.
Ruby-red. Spicy red and dark berry aromas are deepened by licorice and pungent herbs. Sharply focused raspberry and cassis flavors are firmed by fine-grained tannins and gain sweetness with air. Nothing outsized here - I can't help but notice that the name doesn't really fit. Finishes with very good energy.
This perennial favorite is just as ripe and juicy as ever in the 2006 vintage, packed with full-throttle flavors of blackberry jam, black cherry and cassis.
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. 91 Points - International Wine Cellar "Inky ruby. Sexy aromas of blueberry, mulberry and candied flowers, with a suave, spicy quality adding interest. Lush and creamy in the mouth, offering weighty but lively dark berry flavors and showing no rough edges or tannins. Finishes sweet and penetrating, with the blueberry note strongly repeating." 91 Points - The Wine Advocate "The Ball Buster is a perennial Best Buy in these pages. There are 15,000 cases of Tait’s 2008 Ball Buster, a blend of 76% Shiraz, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Merlot aged for 12 months in seasoned, predominantly American oak. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up a fragrant perfume of pencil lead, licorice, spice box, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Layered, savory, and long on the palate, this well-balanced, pleasure-bent effort will drink well for another 4-6 years."
The deep ruby/purple-colored 2002 The Ball Buster (a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot) reveals a knock-out nose of creosote, tar, blackberries, and cassis. This thick, juicy, in-your-face red is not for those who enjoy European restraint and delicacy. However, readers looking for a hedonistic, full throttle, thrill-a-sip beverage will enjoy this awesome winehellip; particularly at $15 a bottle. Drink it over the next 4ndash;5 years. Importers Ken Onish and John Gorman told me that proprietor Bruno Tait likes his wines ldquo;pitch black and packed with stuffing,rdquo; which is somewhat of an understatement.
Not a wine of subtlety or restraint, not a wine of delicacy and finesse, not a name I would pick out myself, but it does indicate the winersquo;s personality. A big, burly, bodacious blend of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot, therersquo;s spice and licorice, black and blue berry, and some melted asphalt (itrsquo;s a good thing) qualities as well.