Variety: Shiraz (77%) Cabernet Sauvignon (16%) Merlot (7%)
Region: Barossa Valley
It’s not often you come across something that has my name on it. But, if it’s going to be something, then I am glad it is a winery. The Tait winery produces only a limited selection of wines, and this, the “ball-buster” is one of their ‘entry level’ wines. Entry level is referred to as the winery’s lower price wines that come after a ‘clean-skin’ in the pecking order of wine notoriety. However, this wine has a bit of a reputation with the Wine Advocate; as it is the only wine over the past decade to receive over 90/100 ratings in the wines for under $20.00. Well we shall see about this then!
The description on the back of the label states: “She’s broad shouldered, built like a stallion and she packs an intensity of flavour.” With nothing more to do, onto the review.
On the nose, it’s quite an interesting array of characters. Blackberry is the foremost notable scent, but it is followed up by the likes of liquorice, plum, chocolate and oak spice. Then after a little while it started to smell kind of like a twiggy stick. On day, two the twiggy stick smell had subsided and the hints of vanilla came through with the blackberry prominence.
Moving onto the palate and it’s a bouquet of plum intertwined with chocolate, with subtle notes of liquorice and toast. Tannins are soft, but there is quite a bit of acid to the wine that competes with the fruit sweetness.
To me, this is not my type of wine. However, that does not mean on the scheme of rating wine this is bad. Just because I don’t necessarily like it, doesn’t make a wine bad and that others won’t like this wine. Wine is as much about personal tastes as it is all about the nitty-gritty subtleties. When it comes to critiquing, this wine displays the characters you would expect from a Cabernet-Shiraz in this price bracket and does it well. The nose is interesting and semi complex, and the palate drives along and there is lingering finish of dry summer black/red fruits combined with associated Cabernet aromas and taste.
Drinking: Now to 2020
The SA Wine Guy