Gibson 'The Dirtman' Barossa Shiraz 2020

  • A great wine with good ageing potential.
  • Beautiful smooth full bodied.
  • A quite amazing wine.
  • 1 or more bottles
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  • Ray Jordan
    94 points
  • Angus Hughson
    93 points
  • Stuart Knox
    91 points
  • Robert Parker's
    90 points

Editors notes

Deep purple red. On the nose lifted plum, vanilla and spice characters with underlying complex notes of boot leather and barrel. The palate has good body with rich black fruits, savoury herb, pepper and spicy oak notes. It is well balanced with natural acidity and barrel flavours. The finish is warm and dry, leaving spicy, cherry pip flavours lingering. It shows all the hallmarks of world class Shiraz treated with good oak maturation to produce a great wine with good ageing potential.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Ray Jordan

    "Beautifully balanced and generously proportioned wine that comes from two distinct areas of the Barossa. Dark plummy fruit with a trace of blackberry. There’s an earthy dried herbs and subtle thyme character. Fine minerally tannins and a decent hit of oak contribute to a wine that offers plenty for this price."
  • Angus Hughson

    "Rob Gibson really is a master when it comes to hearty Barossa Shiraz. Old school sure but they also capture the essence of what the Barossa is all about – wines with oodles of flavour and impact. Not everyone has nailed the 2020 vintage, which makes this example all the more impressive with its dense dark fruits in the chocolate and blackberry spectrum well matched to toasty coconut scented oak. It’s then rich and full-flavoured with dark fruits lifted by pepper and charcuterie plus tannins on the soft side. An earlier drinking vintage that really delivers and will do so over the next five years."
  • Stuart Knox

    "Deep ruby colour at the centre, brightening into purple at the rim. Raspberry, mocha and cedar aromatics. A rich and plush palate, full and velveteen in flow but still has enough spice and savoury notes to bring contrast and interest. The tannins work well to drive it long and dry the finish. 24 FEB 2022"
  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    "“The fruit in the 2020 Shiraz The Dirtman is juicy and red and perfectly reminiscent of the red-earth feeling that the Barossa can evoke. It is through the finish that the tannins really show their gravelly side, and layers of blood and earth take turns in settling on the tongue. Very good, distinct, Barossa Shiraz.”"

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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the region's propensity to produce world-class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Cabernet Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."

About the brand Gibson

Rob’s passion for wine began in New Zealand after a working holiday in 1974 working for Penfolds in Auckland. When he returned to Australia during the vintage of 1975, he worked in the Penfolds Cellar as a crusher operator and assistant in the red wine fermenters. This commenced a long and fruitful career for Rob over 22 years under Penfolds tutillage. In 1979 Rob was offered a Penfolds Wines Traineeship to study winemaking and viticulture at Roseworthy College by the management at the time which included the legendary Max Schubert. Rob completed his winemaking studies between 1979 and 1981.

He worked alongside Penfolds Chief Winemaker and led the dedicated Viticulture department until he left to start Gibson Wines and his international consultancy in 1997. This 22 years established Rob as a well-bred winemaker, seeing the great Penfolds wines evolve and tasting wine styles around the world as he travelled from Germany to France to Italy to South Africa and California. Today the Gibson range features a diverse selection of varieties and styles sourced from our own vineyards in Light Pass and Eden Valley and select growers. There is truly a wine for all occasions from fresh, crisp Eden Valley Riesling to fruit-forward, supple Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris. Led by Rob’s signature wine “The Dirtman” Shiraz, the Gibson reds showcase his winemaking style, achieving both high quality and good value.

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