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2004 Tait The Ball Buster Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
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- Cellar 3 - 4 years (2009-2010)
- ABV 15.5%
- Closure: Screw Cap
The Tait family’s roots are in Italy – which may be a surprise given the family’s name. Giovanni Tait migrated to Australia in 1957 and was employed as a Cooper with Seppelt, later moving on to become involved in the production and maturation of cask wines. Like all ‘good’ Italians the desire was to make his own wine, and as Giovanni’s sons grew older, the concept of Tait wines was established. The 2004 Ball Buster is composed of a blend of 70% Shiraz, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. As the name suggests this is a big red! Opaque black crimson colour with black crimson hue, showing excellent cling to the glass walls. Aroma of vanilla, confectionery and ripe plum followed by end notes of blackberry and spice. Full bodied palate with generous flavours of very ripe blackberry, plum and dark chocolate followed by spice and black pepper on the back palate. Fine grained, perfectly balanced tannins. Very long aftertaste of blackberry, dark chocolate and plum.
Cellar 3-4 years (2009-2010)
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 15.5% alcohol, but carries it well.
Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate # 161 (Oct 2005)