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.