Rich cherry red color, with concentrated aromas of mulberry, spice, rosemary and earthiness with hints of vanilla that jump from the glass. The palate is rich showing ripe and rich fruit, great length and a velvety soft lingering finish.
93% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot
Fruit for the 2020 Ball Buster was sourced from 7 different sites in the Barossa Valley. Vine age varies between 10-30 years. The grapes are de-stemmed and tipped into large open fermenters, pH is adjusted and fermentation takes place over 7-10 days at a temperature of approximately 74 degrees F. Plunging and pumping over takes place 3 times a day during this period. The wine is then gently pressed using traditional basket presses. Juice is drained from there to barrel, where it spends 18 months in a combination of used French and American oak. The oak that is used, is there to impart some subtle flavors but more importantly, to create softness in the wine. Blending of the different components wine takes place to ensure a wine which is dark in color, rich and juicy on the palate and full bodied, but with good balance and length. Ball Buster is always bottled unfined & unfiltered.
Rainfall in the Barossa during the 2019/20 growing season was the driest year on record, approximately 50% of what is considered average. Coupled with the dry weather, the Barossa endured frosts and high winds during spring which lead to small bunches and small berries. Late November and December saw temperatures in the high 30 degree C and low 40’s. Of the last 16 days in December, 11 were over 35 degree C and 8 over 40 degree C. January and February were not as extreme with rain in early February allowing vines to fully ripen the fruit. Despite the extremes flavors, color and overall quality in Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot was exceptional.