This is the Koerner brothers' take on the famed Cabernet Malbec blend from the Clare Valley. Intense sweet rose oil with a slight jelly scent. Sweet and intense blackcurrant and ripe tomato flavours, clean acidity, redcurrant in there too, and a whole lot of black olive/tomato/dried herb things. Quality and longevity were certainly front of mind with a far more traditional approach than some of their wines.
A classic Bordeaux blend with a modern slant
Grape Variety – Cabernet, Malbec, Petit Verdot;
Region – Clare Valley South Australia;
Vintage – 2017;
Winery – Koerner;
Profile – Medium bodied, concentrated, silky
Koerner Wine is a partnership between brothers Damon and Jonathan Koerner. The wines are produced from fruit grown in the Watervale area of the Clare Valley, with the majority coming from the family vineyard. Gullyview vineyard has been owned and managed by their parents, (Christine & Anthony Koerner), for the past 38 years. The Koerner Classico is a tribute to the traditional varieties grown in the area.
The winemaking philosophy is very simple – that is the wines are made in the vineyard. The Koerner’s pick early and use very hands-off winemaking techniques. As a result, the wines are light, fresh, textured and well-structured with high drinkability in mind.
The Koerner brothers truly bridge the gap between tradition and the natural wine movement. There is a family heritage with the fruit coming from well established 40 year old family owned vineyards. However, experimentation with plantings of some more adventurous Mediterranean varieties has bolstered this in recent times. The fruit is treated with minimal intervention, thus creating a new genre of wines not seen from the Clare Valley before.
Accolades & Awards
Young Gun Winemaker of the Year; 93 points Wine Front