2023 Koerner Watervale Riesling

Highly Rated
A unique expression of Clare Valley Riesling from the Watervale sub-region. This has texture and breadth unlike any other Riesling in the region. Fascinating and delicious!
4.5
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
2 Reviews

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The Koerner Riesling is grown on the Koerner family vineyard, Gullyview, in Watervale, Clare Valley.

This vineyard has been farmed by the Koerners for 35 years, the sons Damon and Jonathan are intimate with the fruit and it shows. This is Watervale Riesling with more character and texture than the 'classic' styles of wine the region is famous for.

The fruit spent 6 hours on skins and was fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and ceramic amphora for 2 months. No fining, filtering or additions apart from a smidge of sulphur. It has texture and vitality and a load of interest. It's an alternative look at a staple of the Australian wine landscape by a family-owned operation. Great stuff.

95 points
"A potency to this wine, texture and savoury elements with strong currency of green apple, tart lime and gingery spice woven through...It feels so distinct from run-of-the-mill Clare Valley riesling archetypes, delivering complexity through its various elements, and yet so composed. Excellent."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Riesling but not as you know it - aromatic with texture and spice

Vineyard: Gullyview, Parish Vineyards, Watervale

Blocks: Grace, Parish & Gullyview

Planted: 1973, 1923 & 1973

Soil type: Red clay on limestone (Gullyview & Grace), Red clay on slate and iron stone (Parish)

Picking date: March 10, 11 & 12, 2023

Picking method: Hand harvested and sorted in vineyard

Processing: Crush and destem

Time on skins: 6 hours in press

Pressing: Free run only, minimal press rotations

Cooling / settling: Cold settled off dirt and heavy solids for 3 days

Fermentation: Natural ferment in Steel & ceramic amphora for 2 months

Aging vessel: Stainless steel on fine lees for 6 months

Bottled: 14/12/2023

Filtration: Sterile

Fining: No

Alc: 11.6

pH: 3.11

TA: 7.1

SO2: 30 free / 65 total

Production: 1500 dozen

95 points - "Brought to life through the Gullyview and Parish Vineyards of Clare Valley. Now in screwcap closure.

A potency to this wine, texture and savoury elements with strong currency of green apple, tart lime and gingery spice woven through. A faint accord of hazelnut nuttiness, a lick of creaminess and yet crisp edges and a brittle core of mineral charged acidity. It feels so distinct from run-of-the-mill Clare Valley riesling archetypes, delivering complexity through its various elements, and yet so composed. Excellent." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Customer Reviews

4.5
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Total 5 star reviews: 1 Total 4 star reviews: 1 Total 3 star reviews: 0 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
2 reviews
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    Sharon D.
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    4 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Once I found the corkscrew

    On opening, there was an immediate aroma of port wine magnolia. The wine is complex, simultaneously plush and zingy. It’s sure to get your attention by delivering both pink lady apples and fleshy fruits like paw paw with a light creamy edge. There’s a promise of potential in every sip. Just make sure the corkscrew is handy, you make want more, its that engaging.

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    Martin B.
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    4 years ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Surprising Clare Valley Special

    I love my Riesling, and I have a particular affection for traditional Clare Valley styles. So when I had my first mouthful of the 2018 Koerner Watervale Riesling, I was sort of "Harrumph this isn't a proper Riesling - not enough steel in the finish."

    However, it only took about ten minutes and a few mouthfuls to completely change my mind. I realised its all about balance and here is an exceptionally well-balanced wine. Great length and depth of flavour for a young Riesling. Some citrus and Asian spice elements on the palate finishing with (my favourite wine term) stone sucking minerality.

    I immediately ordered some more.

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Koerner

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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