The Koerner Leko Blanc is mostly savagnin and a bit chardonnay. Preserved lemon, pickled Japanese ginger, laid back mushroomy notes, green apple. A little minerally. It’s compact and rips along at pace, refreshing no doubt and feels interesting as an alternative expression of white wine. This is accentuated by extended skin contact, time on lees and no filteration, which can cause a hazy hue.
Koerner Leko Blanc
Grape Variety – Savagnin
Region – Adelaide Hills South Australia
Vintage – 2021
Winery – Koerner
Profile – light bodied, spicy, vibrant, crisp
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 and Adelaide Hills, 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 Leko Blanc is part of the new breed of wines coming from the talented duo.
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 or Adelaide Hills before. The Leko Blanc from the Adelaide Hills encapsulates this new wave of minimal intervention and skin contact wines.
Accolades & Awards
Young Gun Winemaker of the Year
91 points – Wine Front