2019 YGOW Award Winners were announced on 3rd June at an industry event in Adelaide.
The Trophies presented were the 2019 Riedel YOUNG GUN OF WINE, BEST NEW ACT, WINEMAKER’S CHOICE and PEOPLE’S CHOICE awards. The First Drop DANGER ZONE award was also awarded to the most adventurous wine from the entire show.
The prestigious Riedel YOUNG GUN OF WINE was awarded to brothers Damon and Jono Koerner from Koerner Wine in the Clare Valley. The winemaking duo were lauded for his 2018 ‘Grace’ Riesling and 2018 ‘La Corse’ Red Wine. “It’s a thrill to win such a great award with my brother, doing something we love and have so much fun doing,” said Damon on winning the award.
Commenting on why they took the top title, YGOW founder Rory Kent offer, “The ‘La Corse’ is a blend of varieties which includes Sciacarello – a grape native to the French island of Corsica. This wine is the epitome of what today’s customer wants: a light, bright, easy-drinking red, with layers of interest in the glass – it’s awesome, and all with the aesthetic appeal of Koerner’s preppy packaging.
“From a family of grape growers, Damon and Jono Koerner started the eponymous wine label in 2014 and are doing it right on every level. From sourcing emerging varieties, to a sense of adventure in the winery with use of large ceramic eggs for fermentation, to a product mix that includes various shades and textures of single varieties, to the packaging that is instantly iconic.
“They’ve become an emerging force and beacon for future creativity in the Clare Valley, a region perhaps somewhat isolated and traditional. What they’re doing, and how they’re doing it, makes them the poster child for new wine labels today.”