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
It started when I looked at what to call my Reserve Riesling. I decided to call it ‘Pride of Erin’ after the famous Irish dance. It seemed to suit as I was proud of the wine and have always been fascinated by the dance. A wine that dances on your tongue!
So I have chosen to add more Irish/Celtic flavour to my labels with some famous names and some more personal to my heritage.
Shiraz – ‘Blarney Stone’ after the famous stone that once kissed bestows the gift of eloquence. This wine speaks for itself!
Cabernet Sauvignon – ‘Ballycapple’ was the home of my ancestor John Kennedy who was a wrongly convicted convict. His wife and son were give free passage to join him. Ballycapple, Tipperary is also one of the main seats of the Kennedy Clan who built Ballycapple Castle.
Cabernet/Malbec/Merlot – ‘Gallic Connection’ as the Gauls (ancient France) were part of the Celtic races. This Bordeaux blend of varieties should be named after my Celtic Cousins.
Cabernet Shiraz – ‘Celtic Heritage’ my favourite Aussie wine blend deserves to be celebrated as a wine and my heritage.
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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.
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.