2023 Koerner Rolle Vermentino

Koerner |Clare Valley |Vermentino
Skin contact, leesy Vermentino with an edge. Rare and excellent.
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Here Damon Koerner puts an interesting spin on an already interesting variety. This is a Vermentino with some attitude.

He use a canny combination of skin contact and ageing in old oak to bring extra layers of complexity to a variety often thought of as mono-dimensional.

This is smashability writ large and arguably the finest example of Vermentino in the country.

94 points
"For such a light weight (10.5% alcohol) and modest skin contact, there’s so much flavour and texture here... A thirst-slaking nature, a true palate resetter, but wonderfully evocative of the variety, in its own unique and complex style. Bravo."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Pure Vermentino – stone fruits, salinity & drive

Vineyard: Gullyview Vineyard, Watervale

Planted: 2007

Soil type: Terra Rossa, red clay on limestone

Picking date: March 18, 2023

Picking method: Hand harvested and sorted in vineyard

Processing: Crush and destemmed

Skin contact: 12 hours in press

Pressing: Free run only, minimal press rotations

Cooling / settling: Settled off dirt and heavy solids for 24 hours

Fermentation: Natural ferment in Slavonian oak Demi-muid

Aging vessel: Slavonian oak Demi-muid for 8 months on full solids, then stainless steel on fine lees for 3 months

Filtration: no

Fining: no

Bottled: March 16, 2024

Alc: 10.5

pH: 3.15

TA: 7.1

SO2: 30F / 60T

Production: 380 dozen

94 points - "For such a light weight (10.5% alcohol) and modest skin contact, there’s so much flavour and texture here. It still sits at medium weight, or just shy, but ripples with the authority of powdery tannins, chewiness to texture, a burr of saline minerality and talc-like pucker to finish. Lemon myrtle, lemon-ginger tea, hazy green apple juice and faint white pepper, celery and tonic water characters combine here. A thirst-slaking nature, a true palate resetter, but wonderfully evocative of the variety, in its own unique and complex style. Bravo." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Customer Reviews

5.0
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2 reviews
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    1 year ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Thirst-slaking, textural and tangy cracker

    I love this wine. It transformed my view of Vermintino and its potential in the right hands, like the Koerner Bros. Scented nose, brushed citrus skin, lemon drop. Textured and tangy palate, equal parts saline, beeswax and nectarine/sour lemon, with the right shot of acid on the finish. If you like Luis Seabra (DD importer of the year recently), you’ll love this. A G’n’T drinker’s white.

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    Josh W.
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    4 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Savoury and smashable

    Has real heft, and is as voluptuous as any vermentino I’ve had. Deliciously creamy and herbaceous textural composition, which is cut by a crazy-refreshing, laser edge acidity. Savoury all day. Equal parts classy and interesting, and one of those wines that you shortpour your guests on so you can have more.

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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 brothers, Jono and Damon - Clare Valley, SA Koerner

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