The Ball Buster 2017


The Ball Buster


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Product code
12 x 750ml
Listing type
Private Retail - Special Order
Product type
Still wine
Regulated designation
Table wine
South Australia
Barossa, Barossa Valley
Shiraz 77 %
Cabernet Sauvignon 16 %
Merlot 7 %
Winery's website

About this winery

Tait is a classic small family winery, dedicated to producing traditional handmade wines from old-vine Barossa fruit. Winemaker Bruno Tait, and brother Michael, are fulfilling the dream of their father Giovanni Tait who emigrated to Australia from Italy in 1957. Interestingly the surname Tait is Scottish: Giovanni's ancestors had moved from Scotland to Italy many generations ago. The Taits are modest, hardworking people who produce wines that are always excellent value. Winemaking is an...

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Notes about product

To produce its wines, Tait wanted a traditional winery using all the winemaking techniques to produce old, hand-made, full-bodied, delicious wines. Grapes from Barossa always come from very low-yield vines and have very concentrated aromas and flavors. Fruit used for Tait’s wines is grown in the Barossa Valley, either by Michael or Bruno, or by vine growers that share the same winemaking philosophy.

Winemaking notes

Tait’s facilities are located on the property to ensure quality. They use a combination of Old and New world technologies. During the vine’s ripening stage, samples are being taken to determine the optimal combination between aromas, sugar content, and acidity level, as well as to decide the best time to start harvesting. Grapes are picked, lightly crushed, and placed in open fermenters. This process lasts for 7 to 10 days.

Tasting notes

The wine displays a dark, cherry red color. The nose opens on chocolate, plum, and dark cherry aromas that are enhanced by a touch of oak. This dry red wine offers a pleasant freshness and fleshy tannins. The broad palate ends on a lingering finish.

Press reviews

Wine Advocate

- 90 points -

Joe Czerwinski, February 2021

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.

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