What is the 6 Nations Wine Challenge all About and How Does it Work?
The Challenge is owned and managed by the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers Inc. The head office is in Sydney Australia and the judging takes place there in August each year. Entry is by invitation and the judge representing each country makes his selections in anticipation of winning the various awards.
The challenging countries are Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States of America.
This is the only wine show in the world where the wines come in exclusively by invitation from the Judges.
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.
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Now released our 2015 Erin Eyes Rieslings.
Two wines this year include our 2015 Erin Eyes Riesling blended across 3 top vineyards.
Also, our 2015 “Pride of Erin” Reserve Riesling. A single vineyard wine from a Penwortham micro climate that showed outstanding fruit on the vine and in the winery. High natural acid made this wine a stand out.
The Reserve name “Pride of Erin” thanks for the inspiration Huon Hooke.
Apart from seafood and the usual recommended dishes try it as we are doing with Parmigiano Reggiano and crusty bread.
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.
Issue #22 of James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine includes the 2013 Erin Eyes Clare Valley Shiraz.
“One of those wines where you’re happy to be taken prisoner. It’s dense and luscious but well disciplined, with strict rules of tannin and lines of acid maintaining order amid the riot of black berried fruit.
Cedary oak has melted straight down intho the wine’s inky depths. Great value, all things considered. 14.5% alc.”
The Wine Genius team have had the opportunity to taste the Erin Eyes Wines Malbec 2013.
Here is the tasting note and score.
Medium weight with complex briary tones, overlayed with soaked plums, exotic spice and hints of feminine perfume. Lifted and varietal fruits pulse across the palate, finishing with bold acidity and significant length.
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.”
Awarded in March 2015, the Australian Wine Showcase Awards presented the 2013 Erin Eyes Merlot with 91 points and the 2013 Erin Eyes Cabernet Sauvignon with 94 points.