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2022 Koerner The Clare

by Koerner
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Original price $40.00 - Original price $40.00
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Region: Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Malbec, Carignan, Sciacarello

Culinary Suggestions: BBQ Meats, Roast Lamb, Pizza, Burgers, Hard Cheeses

Vineyard Practice: Organic


About

Damon Koerner established his eponymous family wine label in 2014 with just 200dz of hand-made hand-bottled wine.

The Koerner wines quickly caught the attention of sommeliers and progressive independents around Australia. Today the brand is recognised as a leader of new wave Clare and South Australian wine. The Koerner family are no strangers to wine growing. Father Anthony is a career vigneron and still farms 75 hectares of vines on terra rossa over limestone bedrock in Leasingham in the Watervale sub-district of the Clare Valley. Damon’s experience includes a Batchelor of Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Adelaide, various vintages and, importantly, time in vineyard management in the Adelaide Hills.

The Clare Valley fruit is sourced predominantly from the family vineyard – Gullyview – with neighbouring Parish and Vivian vineyards supplying the balance. The terra rossa soil over limestone produces high quality grapes packed with primary fruit flavours and underlying freshness. Damon’s viti and winemaking experience combine seamlessly when selecting the harvest time to produce the light, fresh, textured but well-structured Koerner styles he seeks; styles he likes to drink himself. Winemaking intervention is minimal but high attention to detail is key. A recent restructure will see the Leko Adelaide Hills wines transitioning to a new Koerner – Adelaide Hills label. Damon and wife Maddie have recently purchased a beautifully sighted high altitude apple orchard at Forest Range that will become a source for future bottlings. Damon is always on the move! - Distributor Note


Tasting Notes

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 - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front September 2023