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2002 Tait Basket Pressed Shiraz
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- Cellar 3 - 4 years (2008-2009)
- ABV 15.2%
- Closure: Cork
Totally opaque black purple colour. Aroma of vanilla, spice, blackberry and dark chocolate, followed by a black pepper endnote. The palate reveals flavours of dark chocolate, coffee, mocha and blackberry. Fine grained tannins. Spicy dark chocolate, coffee, mocha aftertaste.
Cellar 3-4 years (2008-2009)
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.
There is no holding the brakes on the offerings from proprietor Bruno Tait, who likes his wines packed and stacked. As I wrote last year, readers looking for European-styled, restrained, delicate reds will have their sensitivities offended by these boisterous, exuberant, full-throttle, palate-coating reds. However, they are to be admired for their singularity, purity, and extraordinary amount of fruit.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #155 (Oct 2004)