Wine Of The Week – Tait Basket-Pressed Shiraz

March 9, 2011 12:02 am - Posted by Jody in Eat

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

Tait bottle imageREGION: Barossa, Australia

92+ Points, Wine Advocate:

Robert Parker on Tait Wines:

“There is no holding the brakes on the offerings from proprietor Bruno Tait, who likes his wines packed and stacked. As I wrote last year, readers looking for European-styled, restrained, delicate reds will have their sensitivities offended by these boisterous, exuberant, full-throttle, palate-coating reds. However, they are to be admired for their singularity, purity, and extraordinary amount of fruit.”

October 2004Tait BP Shiraz btl shot

The 2006 Basket Pressed Shiraz was aged for 15 months in 20% new French oak and the balance seasoned American oak. Opaque purple/black in color, it offers up a brooding bouquet of smoke, game, plum, blueberry, and chocolate. Like its Cabernet cousin, it is full-bodied on the palate with succulent flavors, well-concealed structure, excellent concentration and grip, and a pure finish. This massive effort should evolve for another 5-7 years and offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2026.

Jay Miller, #181 (Feb 2009)

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