2017 Tait "Ball Buster" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1552911 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Made in the same full-on style that proprietor Bruno Tait has been pursuing since its first vintage in 2001, Tait's 2017 The Ball Buster Proprietary Red is a blend of 77% Shiraz, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot. Mint and baking spices lead the way, backed by a big mouthful of blackberries and black cherries. Full-bodied yet supple, it's spicy and rich, with lingering notes of mixed berries and spice on the finish. Despite weighing in at 15.9% alcohol on the label, it doesn't seem hot or overripe—an achievement in itself, but past vertical tastings suggest that this wine can develop nicely for a decade or more. Inner quote mark (2/2021)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Luscious, with juicy, fleshy and perfectly ripe black cherry, plum and raspberry flavors, showing a touch of black walnut liqueur, cream soda and milk chocolate on a smooth, velvety frame. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2031. Inner quote mark (7/2021)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2021 | Send Email
I’ve been tasting the Tait wines for a few years now, but I was pretty darn astounded when I recently had the chance to try the 2017 Ball Buster. There are plenty of different styles coming out of Barossa these days with modern-styled wines that are powerful with concentrated acidity on the one hand, and the more classic, sumptuous style with jammy fruit and a hint of residual sugar. From me, the Tait landed right in between these two styles, with plenty of warm generous fruit and softened tannin, but balanced through excellent acidity and body. With plenty of blackberry fruit, cherry cordial, with smokey and savory undertones, this is an excellent vintage of the ballbuster that’s perfect for a weeknight burgers or pizza.

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