Monday, 3 June 2019

Young Gun triumph for South Australian brothers

South Australian brothers Damon and Jono Koerner from Koerner Wine in the Clare Valley were today named the 2019 Riedel Young Guns of Wine.
 

In their 13th year, the awards celebrate emerging wine producers. This year was the first time the ceremony was held in South Australia.

Koerner were awarded for their 2018 Grace Riesling and 2018 La Corse red wine. The duo specialise in "producing premium Clare Valley wines with no chemical intervention that display personality and purity".

Damon said the pair was thrilled with their win.

“It’s made even better by the fact that we’re doing it as brothers, we’re doing what we love and we have a great time doing it,” he said.

“And it’s nice to be recognised on a national level for something we’ve put a fair bit of time and effort into.

“We’re lucky that we grew up on a family vineyard that produces amazingly high-quality fruit and we’ve just put a lot of effort into making very pure, fresh, pristine wines.”

Koerner was one of three South Australian finalists in the annual competition with winemakers also coming from Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

It was the third year the brothers were finalists.

“The wines we entered from 2018 were by far the best we’ve ever made, and I think that’s probably why they stood out,” Damon said.

“Because it’s been the effort of mum and dad’s work before us in creating the vineyard and our work in making the wines.”

Damon said they aimed to produce wines that were true to the vineyard and varietals, with textures that didn’t mask other components of the wine.

Wines were selected by a panel of more than 100 sommeliers, winemakers and trade leaders, and judged by industry professionals.

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