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Koerner Rolle
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Koerner Rolle 2018

Clare Valley, South Australia, AustraliaRolle, or vermentino, is relatively recognized in Australia, and the Koerner brothers make one of the country's top examples. Damon and Jono show classic and alternative Clare varieties through a variety of winemaking vessels and styles, all from estate fruit, and all with low intervention. This rolle was organically farmed from 10 year-old vines planted on the Terra Rossa soils of Gullyview Vineyard. After a half day with skins, this was native fermented, and aged in both concrete and older oak foudres for additional texture and complexity (a welcome addition to the oft bland rolle). The fullness on the palate doesn't reflect the meagre alcohol (11 degrees), but rather the careful handling and lower yields of the grape. Savoury rather than fruity, with meadow hay, broken stones, sea salts, honeyed melon, lemongrass and a tight, skippy acidity that prolongs the mineral, flint-flecked finish. Charismatic, new classic Clare.Tasted: 25 September 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 40.00 private wine shops Producer: Koerner WineDistributors: Sur Lie
Grape: VermentinoCSPC: 218920UPC: 9351296000399