The Koerner brothers, Damon and Jono, are on a mission to reimagine the Clare Valley.
Working with their established family vineyard and other neighbouring sites they manage, the boys play with a mix of 'classic' Clare Valley varieties such as Riesling, Cabernet and Malbec, as well as a suite of alternate varieties including Carignan, Sciacarello and Australia's best Vermentinos, that show a different side of this iconic Australian wine region.
With excellent farming and contemporary hands-off winemaking, often utilising terracotta and ceramic vessels for fermenting, these wines are fresh, flavoursome and full of character. A star on the rise.
"The Koerner epoch in Clare is going to go down as a significant one, showcasing the ‘other’ of Clare in a fine wine paradigm and a breathing of additional character into the region, no doubt. Kudos to the fellas." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
"The pair have made a good dent in modernising the ‘classic’ Clare Valley style, specialising in early picked, minimal-intervention wines and utilising terracotta and ceramic fermenters. Koerner wines are mostly made from the family vineyard, Gullyview, with some fruit sourced from neighbouring vineyards, Parish and Vivian. A major point of difference from other Clare Valley wineries is the use of synonyms for well-known varieties, as well as adopting Australian name usage, turning the world upside-down with left-field winemaking practices." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)