The Ball Buster 2017
THE WINE ADVOCATE 26/2/2021
90 POINTS – 16 YEARS IN A ROW!
Issue 253 End of February 2021, The Wine Advocate
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.
Color: Deep Black Purple. Nose: Intense aromas of blackcurrant, Stewed plums, Cherry, and chocolate. Palate: Full bodied berry palate with a sweet long lasting finish.
The grapes that make up the Ball Buster blend are sourced from different vineyard locations throughout the Barossa. Vineyard sites are chosen to ensure that the resultant fruit is intense and that cropping levels do not exceed 3.5 tones an acre; typically these are clay soils on the fringes of the Barossa. Each vineyard site is visited twice a week during the maturing season to ensure that the fruit is maturing slowly and that water is only applied when necessary. Picking is only done when the grapes are physiologically ripe.