Tait The Ball Buster 2006

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia

$16.29
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Item No. 93139
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • RP92
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Winemaker's Notes

"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." - Wine Advocate

Critical Acclaim

"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. "
92 Points

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Rating:
(9/29/2010)
I don't usually give 5s - a wine has to be beyond special for that (in other words, a 4 is my 5...a 5 is my oh-my-word 10). But, well, I love things out of the Barossa Valley to begin with - they just have that wining taste somehow, but for the PRICE, this wine is incredible. If I were to try it without knowing the price, I would figure it had cost at least $40-$60 a bottle!! Now, how right/wrong is THAT? The nose on this is evident the moment you open the bottle. The taste is an immediate explosion in the mouth, with plenty of earth flavor accompanied by the fruits we all want. The finish lingers just enough, with a round, full feel. What's not to like about a wine that's inexpensive and feels like a million bucks? :)
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Joseph Marmion - Lake In The Hills, IL (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/27/2010)
Fruit forward, balanced with a touch of heat. Lingering after taste. Excellent value.
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Rating:
(9/27/2010)
I think this wine is a good value for 20 bucks, but I found it fairly ordinary and don't know what all the raving is about.
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Learn About Tait Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Barossa Valley

The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley. Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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