Erin 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.
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.
Erin 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.
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.
The ‘Pride of Erin’ Reserve Riesling and the ‘Emerald Isle’ Watervale Riesling.
Steve says, “it’s a very fine year for Rieslings in the valley and I believe these are equal to the best!”
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“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.”