We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve started working with dynamic Australian producer Koerner and will be exclusively distributing their wines in the UK.
The premium Clare Valley producer 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.
To launch the wines – and introduce them to some of our key London on-trade customers – we hosted a tasting lunch at Bird of Smithfield, where five wines from the Koerner portfolio were tasted.
To accompany a menu of sea trout, English lamb and cheese, the following wines were shown.
2016 ‘Rolle’ Vermentino
The Vermentino fruit used to produce this wine was sourced from a slight northern aspect of Gullyview vineyard. The vines are 10 years old and planted on red clay on limestone, ‘Terra Rosa’ soil. We hand-picked the fruit on the 24th of February at around 11.5 baume. In the winery the fruit was 100% de-stemmed, and half pressed straight away, the other half left in the press for 24 hours before pressing. Both parcels where left in tank to settle off large solids overnight. The wine was then racked to a mix of old French oak and ceramic eggs for fermentation. Fermentation with indigenous yeast lasted around three weeks; the wine was then left to settle on full lees for six months. At this point all vessels where blended to tank where it sat on fine lees for a further three months. The wine was then racked, a small sulphur addition made and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
2016 ‘Mammolo’ Sciaccarello
The fruit was sourced from Vivian vineyard in Leasingham. Sciaccarello was grafted onto Sangiovese 5 years ago. Hand picking occurred on the 12th March at 12.3 baume. In the winery the fruit was 100% destemmed into open fermenters where natural fermentation took place over a two week period. The ferments where lightly hand plunged once or twice a day. Following this the wine was pressed and settled off large lees for a few days before being transferred to ceramic egg for maturation, where it sat for 10 months. The wine was then racked, a small sulphur addition made and was bottled without fining or filtration.
2016 ‘La Corse’ Red Wine
35% Sangiovese, 30% Malbec, 20% Grenache & 15% Sciaccarello
Numerous batches of fruit where sourced from Gullyview, Vivian and Attunga Vineyards. The fruit was picked over various days throughout vintage and in the winery was 100% destemmed. Whole berry ferments occurred using indigenous yeasts; they were plunged once or twice a day and generally lasted 2 weeks. Following this the fruit was pressed to tank where it settled off large lees for a few days and then was transferred to ceramic egg and old oak for 6 months of maturation. The wine was then blended to tank where it sat on fine lees for a further 3 months. Following this, a small sulphur addition was made and the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
2016 ‘The Clare’ Red Wine
40% Syrah, 35% Tempranillo, 15% Mourvedre & 10% Grenache
Numerous batches of fruit where sourced from Gullyview, Attunga and Springvale Vineyards. The different batches where picked on various dates throughout vintage. In the winery the majority of the fruit was destemmed, some whole bunched where used, the final wine consists of roughly 20% whole bunches. All fruit was fermented with indigenous yeast in open fermenters and hand plunged once or twice a day. Time on skins generally lasted two weeks before being pressed, settled in tank for a few days and then racked to ceramic egg or old oak. Maturation lasted 6 months, at which point the wine was blended to tank where it sat on fine lees for a further three months. At this point a small sulphur addition was made and the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
2016 ‘Franc’ Cabernet Franc
This is Cabernet Franc grown on the Springvale Vineyard in the Clare Valley. A lively and expressive rendition of the variety, the characters of the vineyard showing through via the gentle touch in the winery. No oak, raised in ceramic before going to bottle. This is a new look for this variety from the Clare.
For more info on Koerner, take a look at www.koernerwine.com.au