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Date Printed: 4/23/2014
Tait The Ball Buster 2001
Tait The Ball Buster 2001
(search item no. 58320)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"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... 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."
-Wine Advocate
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About Tait:

Tait Wines is a family owned winery located in the famous Barossa Valley, in South Australia. The Tait name has been involved in the wine industry for more than 100 years, practising the art of cooperage. Tait Wines is continuing this involvement by producing premium quality wines.

The inspiration behind Tait Wines was Giovanni Tait (1927-1997). Giovanni Tait migrated to Australia from Italy in 1957 to take up work as a cooper in the Barossa. His high skill and craftsmanship in his chosen trade led him to B Seppelts and Sons where he took an active role in the production and maturation of wine in oak casks. He learnt cooperage from his father and grandfather before migrating to Australia.

It was not until his sons grew older that his dream came to reality. With his sons, he founded a small winery called Tait Wines. His vision for Tait Wines was to be a traditional winery using all the old winemaking methods to produce hand crafted wines that were powerful in depth, flavour and taste. Each year, the family acknowledges their fathers vision by dedicating the estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon in his honor. This wine reflects all of Giovanni's qualities of age, depth of character and full of life.

Now Bruno with wife Michelle and brother Michael continue to produce premium boutique wines.