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Clare Valley young guns win national wine award


The 2019 Young Gun of Wine award has been won by a pair of South Australian winemaker brothers from a family vineyard in the Clare Valley.

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Damon and Jono Koerner, from Koerner Wine, took out the award for their 2018 ‘Grace’ Riesling and 2018 ‘La Corse’ red wine.

Damon says they are 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.

“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.”

The Koerner brothers were among 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 Koerner 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 … 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 says.

Damon says they aim to produce wines that are true to the vineyard and varietals, with textures that don’t mask other components of the wine.

The Young Gun of Wine award, now in its 13th year, aims to celebrate emerging wine producers and this year was the first time the ceremony was held in South Australia.

The competition featured a diverse range of Australian wines, including two vermouths by Sacha La Forgia of Adelaide Hills Distillery and a pinot noir by Switch Organic Wine.

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

This article was first published on The Lead.



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