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.”
The Wine Genius team have had the opportunity to taste the Erin Eyes Wines Sangiovese 2013.
Here is the tasting note and score.
Packed with fresh primary sour fruits, plenty of spice and feminine lift. Vigorous acidity of aptly offset by a plush mouth feel, hints of spice plum, supple tannins and other textural elements. Made in an early drinking style; drink and enjoy it now.
The Wine Genius team have had the opportunity to taste the Erin Eyes Wines Shiraz 2013
Here is the tasting note and score.
This is a bold and poignant Shiraz though-and-through, long and quite textural with blue fruits, measured oak and genuine balance. Generous palate weight is built upon ripe dark cherry and plums; this is considered wine making and pure fruit; finishing with good acidity.
Drinking Range: 2013 – 2017
Awarded in October 2014, the Australian Wine Showcase Awards presented the 2013 Erin Eyes The 75 Grenache Shiraz with 93 points.
What Huon thinks…
“Perfumey straw and floral aromas, very attractive, with a delicately restrained, refined palate with subtlety and understated intensity. It’s a tight, reserved wine with very good length and line. Tight, compact, intense and searing. A classic style that will reward cellaring.”
Awarded in October 2014, the Australian Wine Showcase Awards presented the 2013 Erin Eyes Chardonnay with 93 points.
James Halliday has recognised Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Wines as one of ten Dark Horse wineries for 2015 with a five star rating.
There was an unusually large number of contenders for this recognition, due in no small measure to the generally outstanding 2012 vintage (the unlucky regions headed by the Hunter Valley). The normal pre-qualification applies: namely that the winery in question has not previously achieved a five-star rating, no matter that it may have been knocking on the door of five stars over the years.
In writing about Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes Wines, James Halliday commented:
“‘In 1842 my English convict forbear John Wiblin gazed into a pair of Erin eyes.’ It’s a long story, as is the battle owner/winemaker Steve Wiblin has had with leukaemia and a brain tumour. I knew none of that when I tasted the wines for this edition, so sentiment did not enter into the points; had it done so, they may have been higher still.”
Read more about the ten Dark Horse wineries for 2015 at Wine Companion.
“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?”