95 Points for Erin Eyes 2016 ‘Ballycapple’ Cabernet Sauvignon

Ballycapple_95_PointsThe 2019 James Halliday Wine Companion had reviewed Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes 2016 ‘Ballycapple’ Cabernet Sauvignon and awarded it with Gold at 95 Points.

Here is what the review says:

35yo vines, matured for 20 months in French oak. Excellent deep crimson-purple hue; the bouquet suggests what the palate confirms. This is the best Steve Wiblin Cabernet Sauvignon made to date in a region that does little more than tolerate cabernet. It is rich in blackcurrant/cassis, with tannins assisting rather than quarrelling with the fruit, oak a finishing touch.

Another 5 Red Star Winery Award for Erin Eyes Wines

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For the third year in a row the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion has awarded Erin Eyes Wines the 5 Red Star Winery award.

This is what the Halliday Wine Companion says about the 5 Red Star Rating:

Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above, and had a five-star rating for the previous two years.

Where the winery name is itself is printed in red, it is a winery generally acknowledged to have had a long track record of excellence in the context of its region — truly the best of the best.

2018 Halliday Wine Companion Reviews

small2018-5starThe 2018 edition of the Halliday Wine Companion has been released and Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes is one again listed as a 5 Red Star Winery!

 

2018-Review-2016RieslingsErin Eyes 2016 Pride of Erin Single Vineyard Reserve Clare Valley Riesling – 95 PointsThe single vineyard in question is in Penwortham. This adds another level of flavour to its Emerald Isle sibling, although the actual characters are similar. A delicious riesling to be sure, to be sure, but it’s a question of swings and roundabouts.

Erin Eyes 2016 Emerald Isle Watervale Riesling – 95 PointsBright straw-green; gloriously fresh and pure, lime and lemon joined by a touch of Granny Smith apple and, more importantly, crisp acidity on the long, perfectly balanced breezy finish.

2018-Review-2015Reds

Erin Eyes 2015 Blarney Stone Clare Valley Shiraz – 89 Points
Finely detailed tannins assuage a phalanx of dark fruit flavours, coffee grind oak and some barbecued meat. Corpulent, with a lift of bitter chocolate on the finish. This will please many.

Erin Eyes 2015 Celtic Heritage Clare Valley Cabernet Shiraz – 92 Points
This is a typically Aussie blend of 51% cabernet with 49% shiraz. Corpulence meets a degree of finesse, manifest in finely hewn grape tannins and sensitive oak handling, serving to corral the wave of powerful fruit flavours into a moreish whole.

2018-Review-2014SangioveseErin Eyes 2015 Gallic Connection Clare Valley Cabernet Malbec – 90 Points
75% cabernet sauvignon and 25% malbec, this is a large-framed wine resoundingly stamped with the Clare’s minty riff. Bitter chocolate, black cherry, currant, sage and cedar are towed along by a trickle of acidly through the wine’s dense mid-drift, all framed nicely by oak supports.

Erin Eyes 2015 Ballycapple Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 91 Points
Mint, cassis, bouquet garni and potpourri of verdant herbs give a menthol lift to the dark fruited soul of this full-bodied cabernet. Oak supports keep the beast at bay, taming the wine’s inherent richness.

Erin Eyes 2014 Clare Valley Sangiovese – 95 Points
Bright, clear crimson-garnet; a delicious cherry-filled wine with a floral bouquet and a supple, lively and long palate. The handling of sangiovese’s tannins is perfect. Scores for its hedonistic qualities.

Wine Showcase Magazine Reviews 2015 Reds

WineShowcase2015RedsThe Australian Wine Showcase Magazine has awarded Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes 2015 reds with a Gold with 94 Points to ‘Ballycapple’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver with 91 Points to ‘Blarney Stone’ Shiraz, Silver with 91 Points to ‘Gallic Connection’ Cabernet Malbec and Gold with 93 Points to ‘Celtic Heritage’ Cabernet Shiraz.

Halliday Reviews 2016 Rieslings

2016-Riesling-HallidayThe Halliday magazine has reviewed both of Steve Wiblin’s 2016 Rieslings. Each receiving 95 points!

These are:

Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes ‘Emerald Isle’ 2016 Riesling

Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes ‘Pride of Erin’ Reserve Riesling