We like firsts for the SA Drink Of The Week and in episode 118 we were the first media outlet in the world to have an archaeologist lead our wine tasting with an archaeological analysis of the bottle.
We learned, through Dr Alice Gorman, that archaeologists would note the cheap glass. This is NOTHING bad on behalf of Gibson Wines because the bottle housing the 2013 The Dirtman Shiraz is perfectly fine.
Dr Gorman’s point is that coloured glass used in our beverage industry, green, brown, yellow, etc, is cheaper to produce than clear glass. She explains in the extended video below.
To the wine, The Dirtman lived up to its name, delivering the fruits of the meteorite-enhanced terroir of the Barossa Valley. Nigel explains that reference in our tasting, which can be heard below.
Within 20 minutes of opening, this superb Barossa red comes to life and nourishes the palate with a tidy parcel of berry fruits (not sweet) wrapped in soft tannins with a hint of spice. A xmas present rather than a xmas pudding, perhaps?
You can hear our tasting below, scroll in to about the 6-minute mark. And further below is the extra video we shot of ‘an archaeologist digging for wine’.
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Digging for wine with Dr Alice Gorman