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    Tait The Ball Buster 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz - Barossa Valley, Australia

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    • RP92
    • ST90
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 92 The Wine Advocate, 90 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Barossa Valley, Australia

    Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz

    Other Info: Screw Cap Wines

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Item no. 97286

    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 blend has been an annual Best Buy and, even at the current asking price, the 2007 The Ball Buster is an awesome value (at least for hedonists). It is composed of 72% Shiraz, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Merlot aged for 12 months in seasoned French and American oak. Opaque purple-colored, it has a nose of cedar, leather, spice box, and blueberry that leaps from the glass. This is followed by a plush, full-bodied wine with gobs of flavor and superior length. This easy-to-understand effort defines the meaning of over-delivering and will do so for another four years.

    92 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Ruby-red. Spicy red and dark berry aromas are deepened by licorice and pungent herbs. Sharply focused raspberry and cassis flavors are firmed by fine-grained tannins and gain sweetness with air. Nothing outsized here-I can't help but notice that the name doesn't really fit. Finishes with very good energy.

    90 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    Jason D (4/26/2011)
    I typically enjoy strong, dry red wines. This red was very enjoyable and light. Without any decanting, this wine is very enjoyable, after an hour it is still equally enjoyable. The flavor is not enduring. Even though this is very suitable with a main course, I could easily drink this any time. I am taking a bottle to a friend who owns a 4 star restaurant in hopes he adds this to his menu, and I will be adding a case to my own supplies. I think he'll find this a great addition. Especially since most people think that corks are a sign of the higher end wines. (Physically, screw tops do better). I enjoyed this wine with crab stuffed steak. Worked beautifully.
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    Von K (9/27/2010)
    THis is a great wine. Everyone I've served it to has raved about it. I'm a shiraz affectiando, and while not the most heavy bodied, it has sufficient substance, and incredible fruitiness to make it one of my favorites. Put a case or more in your cellar, and you will be congratulating yourself two years from now.
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    Mondovino (9/29/2010)
    Not to fond of blends, this adventure paid off. If you are entering Australia in your wine adventures, I would highly recommend this wine. I would keep it to open it in 2010.
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    Mike Conza (9/28/2010)
    This is not a ball buster - rather its actually quite smooth. The nose is light for a shiraz/cab blend, but still full enough to stand up to heartier dishes, and is quite nice to enjoy on its own. In the mouth it is more fruity and less peppery than many Aussie shiraz, with a surprisingly long finsish. Your snooty friends (not you, of course) might be put-off by the screw top; but if you're looking for a smooth and relaitively light shiraz, look no further. Let it breathe for an hour and it drinks nicely now (1/2010); I would not cellar past 2012.

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