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.”
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.
You can order Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Wines using this form with payment via card, cheque or direct deposit and delivery via Australia Post.
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.