Erin Eyes Wines awarded Dark Horse Winery 2015

James Halliday has recognised Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Wines as one of ten Dark Horse wineries for 2015 with a five star rating.

There was an unusually large number of contenders for this recognition, due in no small measure to the generally outstanding 2012 vintage (the unlucky regions headed by the Hunter Valley). The normal pre-qualification applies: namely that the winery in question has not previously achieved a five-star rating, no matter that it may have been knocking on the door of five stars over the years.

In writing about Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Wines, James Halliday commented:

“‘In 1842 my English convict forbear John Wiblin gazed into a pair of Erin eyes.’ It’s a long story, as is the battle owner/winemaker Steve Wiblin has had with leukaemia and a brain tumour. I knew none of that when I tasted the wines for this edition, so sentiment did not enter into the points; had it done so, they may have been higher still.”

Read more about the ten Dark Horse wineries for 2015 at Wine Companion.

Steve Wiblin and the liquid poetry of Erin Eyes wines

James Halliday writes about Steve Wiblin and Erin Eyes Wines for Wine Companion Magazine and the Weekend Australian:

“For most of us, keeping a sense of humour, laced with optimism, would be impossible if we found ourselves in Steve Wiblin’s shoes.  In conversations and email exchanges I said I would endeavour to frame his story from the glass half full perspective.  His response was brief: “Understand; a glass should never be anywhere near empty!”

A poetic streak also runs through his makeup.  The opening paragraph of  his background information to his winery explains “In 1842 my English convict forebear John Wiblin gazed into a pair of Erin eyes.  That gaze changed our family make-up and history forever.  In the Irish-influenced Clare Valley what else would I call my wines but Erin Eyes?”


James Halliday

Steve Wiblin - Erin Eyes Wines

Read the rest of the article at Wine Companion Magazine and the Weekend Australian.