We love all of our wines, but don’t take our word for it! If you are looking for inspiration, here are a few reviews from a range of well respected industry experts.
2017 Irvine Primitivo Noir – 4 stars - Never heard of primitivo noir? That's because this is probably the first. Here the black-skinned beauty primitivo (you may know it as zinfandel) has been given a makeover so grandiose it's almost unrecognisable. Bright crimson in colour, with buckets of fresh raspberries on the palate and a delicious, vibrant kick. (Herald Sun, Melbourne)
2016 Irvine Estate Shiraz – 90+ Points - Shiraz from the Ebenezer sub-region of the Barossa. Rich-enough and smooth-enough. Plum-shot, creamy, traces of gum leaf, violets, Pez and cedarwood. There’s plenty of flavour here but it doesn’t over-reach; it keeps an eye on elegance. It feels very young, as if it’s yet to properly hit its stride. In all honesty I struggled to form a definite opinion on this one. Acidity jumped at me a bit and yet the more I looked at it the more it grew on me. (Campbell Mattinson, Winefront)
2016 Irvine Spring Hill Merlot – 93 points. Beetle-shell black and just shy of opaque, this wine’s nose evolves enticingly. Its initial scents are blackberry and black plum, while thirty to ninety minutes of air coaxes out additional aromas of cola, liquorice and menthol. In an impressive acrobatic move, the full-bodied palate feels impressively buoyant thanks to the lifting acidity. Slightly gravelly tannins nicely counter the lightly gummy texture. There’s a compelling umami meatiness and sanguine hint on the medium-plus finish that seems to demand dry-aged rib-eye, though with this lovely balance and excellent depth of character, it will pleasantly partner any cut of steak. Drink now–2022. (Wine Enthusiast)
2016 Irvine Estate Barossa Valley Shiraz – 92 points. This wine is so impressively black and opaque, with a Bonne Maman’s Blackberry Preserves aroma. However, on the first sip it was actually rather fresh, delightfully nuanced and not at all approaching overripe. The first whiff offers a pine needle scent before the blackberry, black currant and tar pour in. It’s an in-your-face wine that divulges highly nuanced layers once you taste past the bluster. The feathered, grippy feeling at the end of the long finish is a testament to its well-structured tannins. Drink now–2022. (Wine Enthusiast)
2016 Irvine Estate Eden Valley Shiraz – 93 points. This wine’s dark-black color, subtly nuanced by magenta-purple streaks, promises to stain glasses and teeth. Its aromas are just as attention grabbing: full-throttle power comes through in one whiff. From nose to palate, it shows a cohesive array of lush, peak-of-summer fruits, with cassis and black plum dominating. Licorice, cracked black pepper and a waft of evergreen freshen up the back-palate along with well-measured, medium- plus acidity. The prolonged finish that coats the tongue offers a slightly grainy textural balance. This is so well- structured that you’ll likely get to the bottom of the bottle before you expect. Drink now–2024. (Wine Enthusiast)
2017 Irvine Spring Hill Rose – The Irvine Spring Hill Rose 2017 was delicate, subtle, clean and refreshing with a good flavour profile (National Liquor News – August 2017 – Rose Review)
2017 Irvine Spring Hill Rose – 90 Points – Good concentration of flavour & great length. Freshness helps make this lively (AG) & Roses, savoury orange rind aromas. Good fruit up front, with some character. (MQ) (National Liquor News – August 2017 Rose Tasting Panel)
2017 Irvine Spring Hill Eden Valley Primitivo Rose – Lifted aromas of fresh summer strawberries, watermelon and musk the palate is reminiscent of delicate red fruit, leading into a soft and creamy finish. (National Liquor News – New releases – September 2017)
2017 Irvine Spring Hill Eden Valley Riesling – Intense lime and white grapefruit zest on the nose, with hints of honeysuckle. A soft palate follows with great mineral texture and citrus length (National Liquor News – New Releases – September 2017.
Irvine Spring Hill Primitivo Rose 2017 From Eden Valley, South Australia, this rose has a distinct and pretty perfume of sweet strawberries with a faint dusting of pepper spice. The palate is almost dry, showing just a lick of red berry fruitiness. It’s thirst-slaking stuff. (Sunday Stellar Magazine – September 2017)
2017 Spring Hill Primitivo Rose 2017 – Eden Valley. Gorgeous and every-so-pale. The aroma is deliciously savoury and lemony. Textured and full on the palate with appealing breadth and depth. Lemons and melons. Quiet and delicious. Take care not to over-chill. Drink as young as possible. 90 **** (The Real Review, Toni Paterson, 14 October 2017).
Irvine, The Estate Merlot 2015 Eden Valley. Some of the oldest Merlot in Australia, planted 1983. Mid garnet. A little minty, lots of spice, chewy, juicy and dense but not heavy. Full and peppery in the mouth. A big wine but the tannins keep it in shape. (Jancisrobinson.com, 23rd November, 2017).
Irvine Spring Hill 2017 Rose – Barely pink, and glossy good looks from the unusual Primitivo variety, pithy, refreshing. (Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser, 1st December 2017)
Irvine Spring Hill 2017 Rose – 4 stars – This rose if from an unusual varietal source in the Primitivo grape, aka zinfandel, which you’d have to say is more known for its fully flavoured big red expressions. So, to get this so zingy, the Irvine team has really pushed the envelope to pick fruit very early in order to temper the colour and the variety’s wilder red flavours. It’s a complete success with pithy, refreshing palate tendrils to finish. (Tony Love, Herald Sun, 28th November)
Irvine Spring Hill 2017 Rose – Eden Valley – 4 stars – – Barely pink, and glossy good looks from the unusual Primitivo grape aka zinfandel, which you’d have to say is more known for its fully flavoured big red expressions. So, to get this so zingy, the new Irvine winemaker Rebekah Richardson has really pushed the envelope to pick fruit very early in order to temper the colour and the variety’s wilder red flavours. It’s a complete success with pithy, refreshing palate tendrils to finish. (Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser, Red Alert, 2nd December 2017)
Irvine 2015 The Estate Merlot Eden Valley **** - The Irvine label is synonymous with merlot, this some of the last overseen by founder Jim Irvine before he sold the brand, where winemaker Rebekah Richardson now steers the business. This is familiarly opulent in the old style, with concentrated spiced blackberry fruit bursting at the seams, the mouthfeel and tannins wrapping up the palate yet still encouraging the big flavours to flow. Let it mellow for a few years, or at least give it some air now.
2017 Irvine Spring Hill Riesling - Irvine Wines now have over 400 acres of vineyard in the Barossa and Eden valleys. The wines are now made by Rebekah Richardson. This is aromatic and inviting. It’s made to draw you in. Apple and honeysuckle, some brine-like notes, a flash of talc. It’s dry, it hints at generosity, it’s even – unusual for a young Aussie riesling – characterful. It’s good drinking. (The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson, August 17)