In September this year (2015) we had the pleasure to have Lisa Perrotti-Brown
from the Wine Advocate visit the Tait winery. She took the time out to see what
we do up here at Tait Wines and of course taste some wine. These are her comments
and scores on the wine.
Lisa writes - It was an absolute pleasure to finally pay Bruno Tait a
visit at his winery in the much under-rated Lyndoch township of Barossa Valley. I
have to commend Bruno for keeping it real with regards to pricing. He always aims
to over-deliver on value, exemplified by what must be one of our most consistent
90 point rated wines for under US$25: The Ball Buster. I was treated to a vertical
of Tait's Basket Pressed Shiraz during my visit - a classic Barossa beauty - which
proved that it ages slowly and gracefully with the very best of Barossa's Shiazes...at
a fraction of the cost
Here are the scores and her comments –
2013 Tait “Giovanni” Barossa Valley Shiraz - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (94-96 points) Oct 15 #221
Coming from a single vineyard that is 20 years old, dry grown and on deep white sand soils in
Rowland Flat, the deep garnet-purple colored 2013 “The Giovanni” Barossa Valley Shiraz is
soon to be bottled. The very spicy nose opens to lovely notes of pronounced black cherry
preserves, mocha, cedar, plums and mulberries plus hints of violets and cloves. Full-bodied,
rich and concentrated, the palate is framed by finely grained tannins to provide a nice,
firm backbone for the long finish. It straddles power and elegance at once.
Tait NV Liquid Gold Fronti - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (92 points) Oct 15 #221
Made from Frontinac grapes from a vineyard of unknown age that came with the property. The
Non Vintage (NV) Liquid Gold Fronti is made from a solera with the oldest wine made in 1998. It
opens to lovely notes of apricot jam, honey, spice cake and caramel with a hint of rancio
and hazelnuts. The palate is sweet, nicely balanced, rich and spicy through the long, nutty finish.
2013 Tait The Ball Buster Proprietary Red - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (89-91 points) Oct 15 #221
A blend of 75% Shiraz, 13% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2013
The Ball Buster Proprietary Red is set to be bottled in December. It opens to lovely notes of
cassis, bay leaves, red plums and black cherries with pencil lead, cloves and baking spice accents.
The palate has lovely grainy tannins, nice freshness and a long finish. Offering a lot of character
at a very modest price, this vintage promises to live-up to its outstanding quality standard!.
2014 Tait The Wild Ride - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (90 points) Oct 15 #221
A blend of 48% Shiraz, 42% Grenache, 10% Mataro, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2014
The Wild Ride presents some herbal, tapenade and earth notes over core of red currant jelly
and kirsch. Medium-bodied, it delivers plenty of red fruit preserves and spice flavors and is
framed by soft, velvety tannins, finishing with great length.
2014 Tait Border Crossing McLaren Vale Shiraz - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (90 points) Oct 15 #221
Made with 85% McLaren Vale fruit and a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored
2014 Border Crossing McLaren Vale Shiraz is scented of warm black berries, black plums and
chocolate box with hints of vanilla. Big, rich and full-bodied, it has loads of velvety fruit and finishes long and spicy.
Vertical – Basket Pressed Shiraz – 2001 – 2010
2010 Tait Shiraz Basket Pressed - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (94 points) Oct 15 #221
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Shiraz Basket Pressed is a little closed though reveals really lovely aromas of
red and black fruits preserves,dark chocolate and cloves with hints of dusty earth and violets. Rich and
full in body, the grainy tannins and freshness provide structure through the long finish.
2008 Tait Shiraz Basket Pressed - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (93 points) Oct 15 #221
Deep garnet in color, the 2008 Shiraz Basket Pressed opens to tons of black fruit preserves,
aged meat and black earth aromas with hints of cloves. Very big, rich, and built like a brick house,
this structured Shiraz finishes very long with meaty and earthy flavors.
2006 Tait Shiraz Basket Pressed - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (92 points) Oct 15 #221
Deep garnet-brick in color, the 2006 Shiraz Basket Pressed is a touch reduced at the start before revealing
earthy, meaty and gamey aromas with leather and spice. The palate is rich, meaty and finishes long.
2005 Tait Shiraz Basket Pressed - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (94 points) Oct 15 #221
Deep garnet-purple in color the 2005 Shiraz Basket Pressed reveals attractive notes of dried mulberries,
eucalyptus and sandalwood on the nose followed by a very spicy, rich and concentrated palate with chocolate
covered cherry flavors and a long finish structured by a nice graininess.
2004 Tait Shiraz Basket Pressed - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (92 points) Oct 15 #221
Medium-deep garnet in color the 2004 Shiraz Basket Pressed is a touch reduced showing tar and rubber
plus notes of baked berry and coffee. Full, rich and spicy on the palate, it finishes long. That reduction
blows off with a little air, so I'd recommend decanting this one.
2001 Tait Shiraz Basket Pressed - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (93 points) Oct 15 #221
Medium garnet-brick in color the 2001 Shiraz Basket Pressed is redolent of kirsch, bacon, sandalwood
and fruit cake on the nose. The medium to full-bodied palate is rich and exotic spice laden, with layer
upon layer of dried fruit, savory and spice flavors lacing the very long finish.