(Image: Damon and Jono Koerner - Koerner Wine / www.koernerwine.com.au)

 

About

"Koerner Wine is a partnership between brothers Damon and Jonathan Koerner. Our wines are produced from fruit grown in the Watervale area of the Clare Valley, with the majority coming from our family vineyard, Gullyview- owned and managed by Mum & Dad, (Christine & Anthony Koerner), for the past 38 years. Our 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 us to produce unique wines using nothing but the grapes and a small amount of sulphur! We attempt to produce wines to a style that we both enjoy drinking. Generally these wines are light, fresh, textured and well structured with high drinkability in mind. To achieve this we pick early and use very hands off winemaking techniques. Our reds are bright, vibrant and can be enjoyed young with a great balance between primary fruit, acidity and phenolics. Our whites express their aromatics and primary fruit, while showing mouthfeel, structure and texture." - Koerner Wine

 

2023 Watervale Riesling

Riesling but not as you know it - aromatic with texture and spice

Vineyard: Gullyview & Parish Vineyards, Watervale
Blocks: Grace, Parish & Gullyview
Planted: 1973, 1923 & 1973
Soil type: Red clay on limestone (Gullyview & Grace), Red clay on slate and iron stone (Parish)
Picking date: March 10, 11 & 12, 2023
Picking method: Hand harvested and sorted in vineyard
Processing: Crush and destem
Time on skins: 6 hours in press
Pressing: Free run only, minimal press rotations
Cooling / settling: Cold settled off dirt and heavy solids for 3 days
Fermentation: Natural ferment in Steel & ceramic amphora for 2 months
Aging vessel: Stainless steel on fine lees for 6 months
Bottled: 14/12/2023
Filtration: Sterile
Fining: No
Alc: 11.6
pH: 3.11
TA: 7.1
SO2: 30 free / 65 total
Production: 1500 dozen

 

2023 Pigato Vermentino

 

Vermentino on skins - peach, iced tea and super refreshing

Vineyard: Gullyview Vineyard, Watervale
Planted: 2007
Soil type: Terra Rossa, red clay on limestone
Picking date: March 18 & 21, 2023
Picking method: Hand harvested and sorted in vineyard
Processing: Destem retaining ~ 50% whole berries. No whole bunch
Fermentation: Natural ferment in open top steel fermenters, hand plunged twice daily
Time on skins: 20 days
Pressing: Free run and pressings combined
Settling: Settled off gross lees for 7 days
Aging vessel: Steel for 7 months
Filtration: No
Fining: No
Alc: 10.1%
pH: 3.25
TA: 6.9
SO2: 25 free / 50 total
Production: 1380 dozen

Winefront Review by Mike Bennie

Posted on 25 October 2023

"Skin fermented vermentino (20 days maceration) from Clare Valley. This one feels more in the refreshing zone than orange wine zone, but does the latter justice in its texture and pleasing bitterness. The tenth release for this significant wine!

Like tonic water meets mandarin juice joined to alpine herbs meshed with green apple. What a delight! Lighter expression in a way, despite the ripple of powdery tannin through it all, a frisky, long, pink grapefruit finish laced with juniper berries a delight. Thirst-quenching stuff here. Tightly wound, lots going on, fine boned. Yummm."

93 Points

2023 Tiver Rose

Classic dry Rose- savoury, crunchy and fine boned

Varietal: Sangiovese & Sciacarello
Vineyard: Vivian Vineyard, Leasingham, Clare Valley
Farming: Organic since 2016
Soil type: Red and Black clay on limestone
Picking date: March 25, April 3 & 14, 2023
Picking method: Hand harvested and sorted in vineyard
Time on skins: approx 3 hours
Processing: Crush and destemmed
Pressing: Take free run and pressings
Cooling / settling: Cold settled off dirt and heavy solids for 24 hours
Ferment vessel: Slavonian oak Foudre for 4 weeks
Aging vessel: Stainless steel on fine lees for 6 months
Filtration: Sterile
Fining: No
Alc: 11.6%
pH: 3.2
TA: 6.5
SO2: 25F, 50T
Production: 880 dozen

Winefront Review by Mike Bennie

Posted on 25 October 2023

"A blend of sangiovese and sciacarello from a single (Vivian) vineyard. We’re in rose land here.

Fragrant with sour cherries, cranberry, rose hip tea, sweet spice, a lick of minty herbs too. Palate and bouquet send similar vibes. The palate is juicy, has a little tug of fine, lacy tannin to finish, a hint of red berry sweetness but there’s spice and savouriness laid on deftly with blood orange tang to close. Finely done, well done rose of immense drinkability."

93 Points

 

2023 La Korse Red Wine

 

Corsican inspired - red fruits, light and easy drinking

Vineyard: Vivian, Gullyview & Parish Vineyards, Watervale
Varieties: 53% Sangiovese, 19% Sciacarello, 13% Grenache, 12 Vermentino & 3% Carignan
Planted: 1998, 1935, 1998, 1998 & 1985 respectively
Farming: Organic
Soil type: Terra Rossa, red clay on limestone
Picking date:  March 20, 21, & April 3 & 14, 2023
Picking method: Hand harvested and sorted in vineyard
Processing: Destem retaining ~ 50% whole berries, no whole bunch
Fermentation: Natural ferment in open top steel fermenters, hand plunged twice daily
Time on skins: 2 weeks
Pressing: free run and pressings combined
Settling: Settled off gross lees for 7 days
Aging vessel: Stainless steel for 11 months
Bottling Date: 15/01/2024
Filtration: No
Fining: No
Alc: 12.3
pH: 3.31
TA: 6.6
SO2: 30 free / 60 total
Production: 1300 dozen

 

2022 The Clare Red Wine

Bordeaux varieties made in a Loire style - vibrant, bright fruits & soft tannins

Varieties: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 11% Grenache, 7% Malbec, 4% Carignan & 2% Sciacarello
Vineyard: Vivian, Parish & Gullyview Vineyards
Planted: 1998 & 1930
Soil type: Red clay on limestone, 'Terra Rossa'
Picking method: Hand harvested and sorted in vineyard
Processing: Destemm retaining ~ 50% whole berries, no whole bunch
Fermentation: Natural ferment in open top steel fermenters, hand plunged twice daily
Time on skins: 2 weeks
Pressing: Free run and pressings combined
Settling: Settled off gross lees for 7 days
Aging vessel: Slavonian foudre for 12 months, then racked to steel for 4 months
Filtration: No
Fining: No
Alc: 13.1%
pH: 3.59
TA: 5.7
SO2: 30F, 60T
Production: 1550 dozen

Winefront Review by Mike Bennie

Posted on 28 September 2023

"A tilt at a new breed of Clare red wine, though it has been since 2016, or at least since then for me. It’s cabernet, cabernet franc, grenache, malbec, carignan, sciacarello from three vineyards, drawn together to produce a regional red. Clever. Clare cabernet and shiraz solo can fall short at times, alone.

Medium weight, cinched with fine, powdery, graphite-laced tannins, perfume of dark berries, maraschino cherry, sweet herbs, cranberry, peanut brittle with similar flavours. Lots on. Lots to like. Quite ripe in its profile of fruit, primary fruited, lots of flavour, bright too. It’s easy drinking, a great load of pleasure with each glass. There’s a sense of hedonism here."

92 Points

(Image: Damon and Jono Koerner - Koerner Wine / www.koernerwine.com.au)

 

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