External Reviews for Tait Shiraz
The blockbuster 2001 Shiraz should have been named the ldquo;Super Ball Buster.rdquo; Classic Barossa Shiraz, it boasts a dense purple color in addition to a huge nose of melted tar intermixed with pepper, blackberry liqueur, and a hint of wood. Full-bodied, with loads of glycerin, and a monster finish, it should drink well for 10ndash;12 years, possibly longer.
Deep purple shiraz: the smoke of tarry tannin grips it black while the fruit stays red. It tastes of sweet roasted cranberries and cinnamon, lithe against the black-pepper compote of tannin. A firm, concentrated performance, built to age.
The 2002 Basket Pressed Shiraz (from 40-year old vines, and aged in neutral American wood for 12 months) elicits more than a few ldquo;wowsrdquo;. This full-bodied, unctuously-textured, full-throttle, classic Barossa is magnificently concentrated as well as pure, multi-dimensional, and loaded. It can be drunk now, but promises to age for 10ndash;15 years.
The blockbuster 2004 Shiraz Basket Pressed boasts an inky/blue/purple hue followed by a bouquet of graphite, blackberry liqueur, cassis, incense, chocolate, and espresso. Revealing abundant glycerin, lofty alcohol (16.2%), and a thick, rich, full style, this big Shiraz should drink well for 5ndash;10 years.
The 2006 Basket Pressed Shiraz was aged for 15 months in 20% new French oak and the balance seasoned American oak. Opaque purple/black in color, it offers up a brooding bouquet of smoke, game, plum, blueberry, and chocolate. Like its Cabernet cousin, it is full-bodied on the palate with succulent flavors, well-concealed structure, excellent concentration and grip, and a pure finish. This massive effort should evolve for another 5ndash;7 years and offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2026.
Tait has been establishing a track record for hedonistically rendered wines at consumer friendly prices for several years. The 2005 Basket Pressed Shiraz comes from a 60-year-old vineyard with yields of 1ndash;2 tons per acre. The wine was aged in 20% new French oak and the balance one- to two-year-old American oak. Opaque purple in color, it delivers an array of scents including pain grille, pepper, sausage, blueberry, licorice, and chocolate. Thick and rich, this opulent Shiraz has a velvety texture, complex flavors, and a very long, sweet finish. It will benefit from 3ndash;4 years of cellaring and will provide pleasure through 2025.
The blockbuster 2004 Shiraz Basket Pressed boasts an inky/blue/purple hue followed by a bouquet of graphite, blackberry liqueur, cassis, incense, chocolate, and espresso. Revealing abundant glycerin, lofty alcohol (16.2%), and a thick, rich, full style, this big Shiraz should drink well for 5andndash;10 years.
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