Very nice Barossa. Lots of red fruit and chocolate. Read more
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... Read more
The 2003 Shiraz is an ageworthy prospect. This big, rich, classic Barossa Shiraz reveals notes of blackberries, cassis, toasty new oak (new and use... Read more
Food Pairings for Tait the Ball Buster
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!
External Reviews for Tait the Ball Buster
The 2003 Shiraz is an ageworthy prospect. This big, rich, classic Barossa Shiraz reveals notes of blackberries, cassis, toasty new oak (new and used American wood is utilized) along with huge depth, a chewy, viscous texture, and loads of fruit, glycerin, and power. It should age nicely for a dozen years or more.
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 5-10 years.
This vintage, this Shiraz isn't filtered. It's elegant, and not an unruly blockbuster as many other '02s are, with juicy black fruit and a little buttercream for good measure. Its chalky tannins are just lovely. Drinkable soon; just give it six months to a year, at the least, to settle down.
The 2002 Basket Pressed Shiraz (from 40-year old vines, and aged in neutral American wood for 12 months) elicits more than a few "wows". 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 10-15 years.
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.
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.
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.
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