Australia – South Australia, Clare Valley
Koerner wine is a partnership between brothers Damon and Jonathan Koerner. Both grew up in the Clare Valley but have since spent time working and studying around Australia and abroad. All wines are produced from fruit grown in the Watervale area of the Clare Valley, with the majority coming from their family’s vineyard, Gullyview. This vineyard has been owned and managed by their parents, Anthony and Christine Koerner, for the past 35 years.
Thier winemaking philosophy is very simple – the wines are made in the vineyard. The date of picking is the most crucial part of the process. Once the grapes make their way to the winery, they are carefully nurtured and each batch treated individually. An understanding of terroir and the individual varieties enables them to produce unique wines using nothing but the grapes and a very small amount of sulphur. Their wines are light, fresh, textured and well structured with high drinkability in foremost in their mind. To achieve this they pick early and use a very hands-off winemaking technique. Their reds are bright, vibrant and can be enjoyed young with a great balance between primary fruit, acidity and phenolics. Their whites express aromatics and primary fruit, while showing mouthfeel, structure and texture.
‘GV-1’ Riesling 2017
42 year old vines on a single site in Watervale called Gullyview Vineyard. Fermented in ceramic egg and inox vessel and aged on fine lees for 9 months.
“Scintillating riesling here. Lime/lemon, citrus blossom scents, talc, mineral charm, whiff of sorbet. Palate is electric with tangy, tart acidity, wash of juicy, limey flavours, finishes with star burst of tonic water and mineral-like zestiness. Wicked drinking here, and structure, and complexity, in a light, tight frame. Hold onto your hats.” – 95 Points Mike Bennie, WineFront.com.au
‘The Clare’ Red 2017
“The 2016 was syrah and temp and the like, this Clare Red is cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, cabernet franc and malbec, from three vineyards, and a touch ripe at 12.9% versus 12%, and the difference (tasted side by side) is notable in structure and definition. This trumps the prior. Fleshy red of juiciness and bright, crisp red and black berry fruit characters. Bouncy and almost tart in the palate, vivacious, young, fresh red of vivacity and crunchy texture. Light on in a way too, but has a cool, ease to drinking. Soft cassis and dark berries, touch of mintiness to close, maybe liquorice too. Real nice drinking. Fun stuff with a bit more to ponder.”– 92 Points Mike Bennie, WineFront.com.au
**Available to VIC only**