OZ Fights Back With A 91 pt “Ball Buster” Under $15
September 17, 2012 Daily Drinkers
The last time I wrote up and Australian wine was way back in December of last year. Why? In the late 90s through around 2007, Australia was known for values. But at the same time the U.S. economy was tanking, The Aussies were riding the wave of popularity and raising the prices accordingly.
Australian Shiraz, and their crazy names might be back, because I’ve noticed the deals are getting better. The 2009 Tait “The Ball Buster” is one of those deals. Ball Buster might be an overstatement – my balls feel just fine, thank you – but this is quite a big, rich wine with opulent oak and a lofty 15% alcohol. Still it has enjoyable nuances of raspberry and white pepper and a vien of acidity that keeps the ripe fruit in balance.
91 points from Tanzer and 90 from Parker’s Wine Advocate confirm that this is indeed a heck of a value. The lowest price in the country, combined with $25 case shipping makes this one a no brainer for value seekers!
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Wine Advocate 90 points
“A blend of 73% Shiraz, 15% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, Tait’s 2009 The Ball Buster provides a deep garnet color and aromas of blackberry preserves, prunes, mulberries and dried leaves with nuances of Indian spices and dusty earth. Full bodied and rich in the mouth, it has a high level of acid providing freshness to the generous fruit and a medium-firm level of grainy tannins, finish long with lingering notes of anise. Drinking now, it should remain good to 2015+.
International Wine Cellar 91 points
“(a blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot; 15.5% alcohol): Bright purple. Fresh blackberry and blackcurrant aromas are expansive and strikingly energetic. A deeply concentrated blend, offering sweet, sappy black and blue fruit flavors and refreshing spicy snap. The spiciness builds with air and carries through the persistent, floral-accented finish, which features silky tannins. “