Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Pride of Erin Reserve Riesling has been receiving some great reviews. 4.5 stars and 94 points from Huon Hooke, 5 stars and 97 points from James Halliday and 93+ points from The Wine Front.
Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Riesling:
The wine is pitch perfect. Plenty of drive, thrust, acidity, flavour and length. Citrus, fennel seeds, blossomy notes, bath salts. It needs to settle, it’s been released slightly too young, but it’s on its way to a very good place.
Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Pride of Erin Riesling:
Excellent intensity. It has a softness but the flavours really kick. Lime, lemon, rind, juice. Steely. Long. Laden with ripe citrus. Pretty simple for now but the quality is impressive … and the drinkability.
The June/July issue of Gourmet Traveller Magazine includes the 2013 Erin Eyes Sangiovese.
A full-bodied, smoothly textured wine which perhaps tastes more of Clare than of sangiovese with a lacing of mint over the raspberry aromas. The profile is long and supple with soft tannins underlying the appealing flavour.
What Huon thinks…
“Deep red/purple colour, the aroma is plummy and dark cherry-like, chocolate and vanilla too. There are some oak-influenced characters. The acidity is fresh and keeps it lively, the finish is firm and tight and the wine promises to age well. Very good.”
Food wine and travel writer Winsor Dobbin reviews the 2013 Erin Eyes Merlot:
“Steve Wiblin is closing in on four decades in the wine business, first on the marketing side for labels such as Wynns and the now sadly neglected Seaview, then for close on 15 years as a partner and co-owner of the Neagles Rock label. Now, after recovering from a period of ill health, he’s sourcing premium Clare fruit for his own boutique label Erin Eyes, the name of which is a nod to to his Irish ancestry. This is one the better merlots to be found in Australia, rich and profound with plenty of length and palate weight. It’s soft, as you’d expect, but also very interesting.”
“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?”