Koerner La Korse 2019
Clare Valley, South Australia
Sangiovese 35%, Grenache 34%, Malbec 17%,
Sciaccarello 9%, Carignan 5%
Brothers Damon & Jono Koerner - the 2019 Young Guns of Wine - spent many years learning the art of growing top quality grapes from their parents. And their travels around Europe, visiting fellow winemakers in France and Italy, have helped them develop a preference for fresh, unoaked styles of red and Mediterranean whites. It's these Mediterranean varieties that really stand out on their Gullyview vineyard, which has been in their family for nearly forty years. The two brothers have also pioneered the use of ceramic eggs for fermentation, and are always striving to experiment while making naturally delicious, show-stopping wines.
La Korse is the brothers' homage to Corsica, a red blend full of bright red fruit flavour, light and easy drinking. Sangiovese, Grenache, Malbec, Sciaccarello (a Corsican speciality also known in Italy as Mammolo) and Carignan are picked from their Vivian, Gullyview and Parish vineyards in Watervale - mostly planted in the 1980s and 1990s but some vines dating back to 1935. The soil is terra rossa, or red clay on limestone.
Grape juice is naturally fermented in open top steel tanks with two weeks on skins, then aged in ceramic amphorae for two months before being racked to steel tanks again for another five months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered and just 440 cases produced.
It is an aromatic riot for your senses! We love this wine so much.