Brothers Koerner Chardonnay 2018
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Brothers Koerner is the new Adelaide Hills project of brothers Damo & Jono Koerner (see Koerner wines), recently crowned 'Young Guns of Wine' in Australia. This young duo grew up in the Clare Valley under the tutelage of a grape-growing father and so have a keen appreciation of the old adage that 'wine is made in the vineyard'. The Adelaide Hills offer prime conditions for the kind of new wave, fresh wines these guys love to make.
The Chardonnay is hand-picked from Peacock Hill and Gumeracha Vineyard with an average vine age of 25 years. A blend of I10V1, B76 and B95 clones. All fruit is crushed and destemmed; juice is pressed and settled off the heavy lees overnight before being transferred to barrel for a natural fermentation. A mix of French and Eastern European oak (25% new). Post-fermentation, barrels are topped with no lees stirring, wine spending 7 months in oak before racking and blending to stainless steel tanks for a further 3 months on fine lees. Wine is sterile filtered before bottling unfined.
Stone fruits mingle with ripe citrus fruits on the palate hinting at the refreshing acidity of this cool climate Chardonnay. A fruit forward style with a lovely lighter palate.