Tait The Ball Buster 2008

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia

$18.99
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Item No. 102146
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • ST91
  • RP91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 16.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
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Winemaker's Notes

Deep Black Purple. Intense aromas of blackcurrent, stewed plums, cherry, and chocolate. Full-bodied berry palate with a sweet long lasting finish.

Critical Acclaim

"The Ball Buster is a perennial Best Buy in these pages. There are 15,000 cases of Tait’s 2008 Ball Buster, a blend of 76% Shiraz, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Merlot aged for 12 months in seasoned, predominantly American oak. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up a fragrant perfume of pencil lead, licorice, spice box, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Layered, savory, and long on the palate, this well-balanced, pleasure-bent effort will drink well for another 4-6 years."
91 Points

"Inky ruby. Sexy aromas of blueberry, mulberry and candied flowers, with a suave, spicy quality adding interest. Lush and creamy in the mouth, offering weighty but lively dark berry flavors and showing no rough edges or tannins. Finishes sweet and penetrating, with the blueberry note strongly repeating."
91 Points

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Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(3/23/2011)
My mother in law's last name is Tait, so I crack up everytime I see this wine. It's quintessential Barossa, meaning it's decadent in all the best ways. Typically, these are high alcohol wines so I'd plan a savory meal of BBQ chicken or ribs before unscrewing this heavy duty beauty. Yum.
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Paul Cali - Fairfax, VA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(10/9/2010)
I don't think I have tasted a better wine for the price. It was rich and smooth and bursting with flavor!
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Rating:
(10/6/2011)
dinner party Grenrood Hinsley
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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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