The 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.
Winsor Dobbin, the wine, food and travel guru has reviewed Steve Wiblin’s 2016 Pride of Erin Reserve Riesling.
Winsor says ‘Wine industry veteran Steve Wiblin has gone through a very rough trot with illness recently but the quality of this new-release reserve riesling must bring a smile to his lips. Made using fruit from a single vineyard at Penwortham, this is a glorious each way bet in that it is succulent and enticing in its youth with brisk citrus flavours and bracing acidity but has the classic Clare Valley structure to suggest it will cellar brilliantly for a decade or more. This is only the second reserve riesling Wiblin has released under his new label – which he started after the sale of Neagles Rock. He’s worked for some of the biggest names in the business but it must be artisanal wines like this that give him the greatest pleasure. Top notch.
“Clare Valley malbec has a lot going for it. This wine has intense colour and is all-round youthful – in aroma, appearance and taste. Full bodied and firm, with serious tannins which will see it age superbly.”
Taste’s national wine editor, Tony Love, reviews wine from around Australia and this week in The Source SA he has reviewed Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Cabernet Malbec Merlot and given it 4.5 Stars which places it between ‘A cut above’ and ‘Top class’.
Good value at $30 a bottle and best with Lamb tagine. Perfect for this cooler weather we’re having.
Campbell Mattinson from The Wine Front has reviewed Steve Wiblin’s 2014 Erin Eyes Reds. See his reviews below:
Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Ballycapple Cabernet Sauvignon – Relatively light in colour in cabernet terms but high in character; call it charm. Mulberry, leather, gum leaf and blackcurrant, more or less in that order, before a dusty finish. It will mature (very) well. – 92 Points
Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Malbec – Substance without being over the top. Earth, blackberry, leather and leafy spearmint characters give the wine plenty of oomph and carry. It’s clean but has some character. It drinks well now but will mature well over at least the medium term. – 92 Points
Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Celtic Heritage Cabernet Shiraz – Solid red with gum leaf and blackberry flavours building good depth of flavours through the length of the palate. Tannin is well massaged into the fruit the finish has a pleasant savoury twist. – 90 Points
Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Sangiovese – Light in colour and mid-weight flavour but it becomes urgent to impress on the finish. A good food wine, you might say; it has the kind of tannic insistence. Deli meat, mint, leather and cherry are the dominant flavours. Decent. – 89 Points
Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Gallic Connection Cabernet Malbec Merlot – Light colour and mid-weight flavours of redcurrant and mint, predominantly. Earthen underpinnings, perhaps. Simple but pleasant to drink. – 90 Points
Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Blarney Stone Shiraz – Sweet and supple with cherry-plum flavours, fresh mint and redcurrant running freely through the palate. Attractively floral too. Easy to enjoy. – 90 Points
These wines have been blind tasted and rated by the expert Wine Showcase Judging panel. The Wine Showcase Magazine has been created as a helpful companion for buyers looking for information on Australian wine.