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Tait the Ball Buster 2007

Member Review by judgelog:

This is a lush, juicy Barossa fruit bomb, with big aromas of cherries and black fruits. Very nice notes of chocolate and spice. Altogether a terrific wine, and really good value at under $20 - drinks more like double the price.

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Tait Wines:
The growth in stature for Tait Wines has come about fairly quickly and directly reflects the dedication and vision of Bruno in his wine making skills. Bruno's wines have received very favorable overseas reviews ( 93 Parker points for the 2001 Basket Pressed Shiraz, 92 Parker points for the 2002 "The Ball Buster", 90 Parker points for the 2001 Basket Pressed Cabernet Sauvignon) and this has vali... Read more
The growth in stature for Tait Wines has come about fairly quickly and directly reflects the dedication and vision of Bruno in his wine making skills. Bruno's wines have received very favorable overseas reviews ( 93 Parker points for the 2001 Basket Pressed Shiraz, 92 Parker points for the 2002 "The Ball Buster", 90 Parker points for the 2001 Basket Pressed Cabernet Sauvignon) and this has validated his efforts to make world class wines. Bruno's wines epitomize the Barossa style -big, rich and full of flavor. The obvious attention to detail along with strong relationships with his growers has allowed Bruno access to high quality fruit (the old vine fruit is from vines 50-80 years old) which he has then transformed into wines that are reflective of his personality - big, generous with loads of personality. Bruno also works in close partnership with his exporters, an essential ingredient to ensure the wines maintain their own in a competitive market and remain true to his own style. Now with the edition of new space through the recent expansion expect even more of the same from Tait Wines. Read less

Member Reviews for Tait the Ball Buster

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Snooth User: judgelog
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4.00 5
05/09/2009

This is a lush, juicy Barossa fruit bomb, with big aromas of cherries and black fruits. Very nice notes of chocolate and spice. Altogether a terrific wine, and really good value at under $20 - drinks more like double the price.


Snooth User: amandabowser
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4.00 5
11/17/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Tait the Ball Buster

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

As the name suggests, this is a big wine (15.7% alcohol), but in this year the wine handles it well, balancing that weight with bold flavors of blackberry, vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon. Finishes tart and juicy, with coffee and olive shadings.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Smooth and velvety, a graceful wine with pretty plum and blueberry flavors, lingering gently as the finish sails on. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The Ball Buster blend has been an annual Best Buy and, even at the current asking price, the 2007 The Ball Buster is an awesome value (at least for hedonists). It is composed of 72% Shiraz, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Merlot aged for 12 months in seasoned French and American oak. Opaque purple-colored, it has a nose of cedar, leather, spice box, and blueberry that leaps from the glass. This is followed by a plush, full-bodied wine with gobs of flavor and superior length. This easy-to-understand effort defines the meaning of over-delivering and will do so for another four years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


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