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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 terrif... Read more
Bright in flavor, firm in texture, generous with its plum and berry flavors, hinting at earth and spicy oak as the finish lingers. Shiraz, Merlot a... Read more
Not as brutal on the palate as the name might suggest, this blend of 60% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet, and 20% Merlot is better called "the affable, easy-t... Read more
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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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Bright in flavor, firm in texture, generous with its plum and berry flavors, hinting at earth and spicy oak as the finish lingers. Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2005.
Not as brutal on the palate as the name might suggest, this blend of 60% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet, and 20% Merlot is better called "the affable, easy-to-get-on-with-chap." Juicy, sweet red berry fruit bounces around on the palate and on the nose. Finishes quite the same, but it's just so fun to drink, and it goes down so easily, that you won't help but like it.
An extraordinary value, the 2003 The Ball Buster (a blend of 60% Shiraz, and equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, all aged in neutral French and American oak barrels for 12 months) is an exuberant, sexy, delicious red. Some tasters will undoubtedly complain that it "lacks terroir," or there is "too much flavor," but this is the type of red that encourages people to drink wine. Forget such elitist gibberish, this wine is just delicious! Sweet blackberry and currant, licorice, smoke, and bacon-like flavors are top-class, a gorgeous texture, tremendous purity, and a long, heady finish are found in this amazing $17 wine.
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 wine... particularly at $15 a bottle. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. Importers Ken Onish and John Gorman told me that proprietor Bruno Tait likes his wines "pitch black and packed with stuffing," which is somewhat of an understatement.
Saturated ruby. Extremely primary aromas of blackberry, licorice, mint and spices. Juicy and intense but also supple and pliant, with good volume. Very youthful flavors of spicy dark berries and licorice are nicely firmed on the back end by lively acidity. Aged in all used French and American barrels.
A great value in full-throttle red wine from Barossa is Taits The Ball Buster. This cuvee is becoming an incredibly popular choice for addicts of what are pejoratively called fruit bombs . Howev
As it has been in previous vintages, the value-priced 2004 The Ball Buster Proprietary Red is a classic Barossa Valley effort in terms of bigness, boldness, and a dramatic display of fruit and intensity. If you want something delicate, restrained, and understated, steer clear of this locomotive that crashes over the palate with a flamboyant display of blackberry and cassis fruit, licorice, tar, and spicy oak. Explosively rich with formidable intensity, this blend of 70% Shiraz, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Merlot is an amazing wine for the price. Readers should be forewarned that it possesses 15.6% alcohol, but carries it well.
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