Very nice Barossa. Lots of red fruit and chocolate.
WOW! I paid 18 US bones for this bottle. This is one hell of a good wine for any occassion and especially at this price. I let it decant about 30 mins before the drinking. The smell is pretty good. Very earthy and dark fruits. The taste to me: The front end is a bit lacking but but the mid-palate is awsome and the finish has some hang time... like a Michael Jordan slam dunk. it's very kick but! Tar, smokey, and very earthy. The lasting finish is dry and would go great with seared steak or grilled buffalo. I've had $50 bottles with not as much flare as this. For the price... it is truly a find and I recommended it highly! Cheers!
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Tait the Ball Buster
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 5-7 years and offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2026.
Classic Shiraz scents of new saddle leather, meat, black pepper, and blackberries jump up from the glass of the spicy 2000 Shiraz. Full-bodied, dense, and concentrated, it is capable of lasting for a decade.
Dark purple. Expansive bouquet of plum jam, blackberry liqueur, blueberry, mocha, candied licorice, cured tobacco and damp earth. An imploded mass of dark fruit flavors on the palate, with earthy qualities struggling to emerge from the blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. The tannins are a bit aggressive right now, but so is the fruit. Clean, taut and packed with mineral-tinged berry fruit on the finish, which shows impressive length despite being youthfully musclebound.
Smooth and generous, a focused beam of bright plum and blueberry flavors playing against savory notes, hinting at smoke and roasted red peppers as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2015.
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 1-2 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 3-4 years of cellaring and will provide pleasure through 2025.
An Aussie Shiraz with a big-time meaty, spicy character, showing great balance between exuberant Barossa Valley fruit and a pepper and earth dimension that adds depth and character. Wonderful now, and good for some short-term cellaring.
Firm and focused, with huckleberry and plum flavors that burst through a layer of firm, fine-grained tannins, shaded with licorice and black pepper as the finish persists. Best from 2008 through 2014.