Young Gun of Wine 2019 winners announced

Jono and Damon Koerner

The Young Gun of Wine winners have been announced, and one (very recognisable) label took out the top title. 

Winemaking duo Damon and Jono Koerner from Koerner Wine in the Clare Valley were named as the 2019 winners. The Koerner brothers were praised for their 2018 ‘Grace’ Riesling and 2018 ‘La Corse’ Red Wine, which they submitted to the YGOW panel in 2018 for tasting. 

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,” said Rory Kent, YGOW founder. 

From a family of grape growers, Damon and Jono Koerner started the eponymous wine label in 2014.

“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,” Rory added. 

“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. 

People's Choice, as decided by the public at tasting events in Melbourne and Sydney, was given to Liv Maiorana and Mijan Patterson of South by South West. Winemaker's Choice. handed out by the 12 finalists, was taken out by Remi Guise of tripe.Iscariot. The Best New Act went to winemaking duo, Rhys Parker and Paul Hoffman from Vallée du Venom, who make wines in the Margaret River and Swan Valley. The First Drop Danger Zone was awarded to 2018 Dirt Candy Wine ‘The Little Circus’ from the Hunter Valley. 

The judging panel for 2019 was comprised of recognised industry wine buffs, including Rory Kent (Founder of YGOW), chief panelist Nick Stock (Gourmet Traveller WINE), Mike Bennie (Delicious, Broadsheet), Pip Anderson (MONA), Josephine Perry of Dormilona (2016 YGOW winner), Rob Mack of Aphelion Wine Co (2018 YGOW winner), Penny Grant (Ghanem Group Sommelier) and international guest judge Leah Rinaldi from USA’s leading distributor of natural wines, Jenny & Francois.