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Trust the brothers Koerner to put an interesting spin on an often maligned variety.
This is a Vermentino with some attitude.
Here the boys use a canny combination of skin contact, ageing in a ceramic vessel and old oak to bring extra layers of complexity to a variety often thought of as mono-dimensional.
This is smashability writ large. In his 93 point review, Mike Bennie writes, “It’s pretty bloody delicious, fine and frisky, interesting and great drinking”. Great stuff from this dynamic family team.
What It Tastes Like
“Sandalwood, lemon balm, frangipani, really fragrant with a touch of savoury edge. Nice one. Lemony, long, fresh and just touched up with chalky tannins. It’s pretty bloody delicious, fine and frisky, interesting and great drinking.” - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
94 points. “While vermentino is the all-pervasive moniker across Sardinia, pigato in Liguria, rolle is its synonymous manifest in Provence. Thicker of texture and more stone fruited and marzipan of aroma, this rolle is a viscous tour de force. Fermented in ceramic egg and neutral oak, with a tightening up across an oatmeal leesy thread. 12 hours of skin contact adds further bite and aromatic pungency.”
- Ned Goodwin (Australian Wine Companion)
93 points. “Sandalwood, lemon balm, frangipani, really fragrant with a touch of savoury edge. Nice one. Lemony, long, fresh and just touched up with chalky tannins. It’s pretty bloody delicious, fine and frisky, interesting and great drinking.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
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.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
About the Producer
Koerner Wine 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. This vineyard has been owned and managed by their parents, Anthony and Christine Koerner, for the past 35 years.
The Clare Valley knows what it does, and does it very, very well. Riesling and Shiraz are the rockstars of the region and with some of the most famous wines in the county coming from this small pocket of SA, the Clare’s reputation for quality only grows year on year.
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