The Koerner brothers like to show a neoclassic view of their home, Clare Valley, and it's wines like this, The Clare, that typify their MO. This is their take on a Bordeaux blend. Half cabernet sauvignon, the remainder is malbec, grenache, and cabernet franc, from the terra rossa soils of Vivian, Parish, and Gullyview Vineyards, and vines planted in 1930 and 1998. This vintage was 50% whole berry (no whole bunch), native fermented in open top steel for two weeks on skins, and then racked into Slavonian foudre for 9 months. This was returned to steel for 3 months prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered, and with a minimum of sulphur. An atypical Oz Bx blend from the start, with only 13 degrees, this slightly hazy, fresh red teems with dusky violet, plum, morello cherry, anise along a medium bodied palate, housed with lightly furry tannins. The lingering finish haunts with a perfumed purple florality and a lick of kirsch.
Score: 91 points -- Treve Ring, gismondionwine.com, 2020