Koerner The Clare Red 2017
‘The Koerner The Clare Red’ is the Koerner brothers’ idea of a modern Clare Valley red. The Koerner brothers, Damon and Jono, are on a mission to bring the classic wine styles of the Clare Valley into the modern day. They play with a mix of ‘classic’ Clare Valley varieties such as Riesling, Cabernet and Malbec and a suite of alternate varieties that show a different side of this iconic Australian wine region. With fruit sourced from their own family vineyard and a move toward more contemporary winemaking, utilising terracotta and ceramic for fermenting and making as little additions as possible in the winery, it’s easy to see why their star is on the rise.
‘The Clare’ is the Koerner brothers’ idea of a modern Clare Valley red. The base of this wine is a classic Clare Valley varietal marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, but contrary to what those varieties usually produce from the Clare, this is a lively, juicy red wine ready to be tucked into immediately.
The Koerner The Clare Red has flavours of mint and blackberry and cassis, little plusher in style than the La Corse, sits in its own groove nicely. Note of red plumminess, and red berries, with a sour crunch of bright acidity and fine chompy tannins. Some savouriness in the back end too. Cool. The modern take on the old school Clare varieties.