Kerner Estate – Aiming True

The Kerner Estate labels feature a rather muscular archer, which to me signifies Bruce and Joanne Kerner’s aim to be true to the land and the fruit with quality wines that show the terroir of their Marlborough vineyard in Fareham Lane at the junction of the Wairau and Waihopi valleys. The 8 ha vineyard was established on 10 ha of property in 1995, the first crops providing fruit for Wither Hills. The Kerners released their own label wines from the 2000 vintage, and made a commitment to New Zealand by settling here from the United States in 2004. Catching up with Joanne in February this year, she discussed how she and her husband are ready to made deeper inroads into the domestic market.

There’s a lot to be said for the quality of the certified BioGro organically grown Kerner fruit, as parcels are sold to a number of high profile wine producers. The Kerners’ own wines are made by Brian Bicknell at the Mahi facility. My impression of the current releases as tasted quickly in February (click here to see my report on Joanne’s visit) was that they displayed clarity of varietal expression with fairly subtle winemaking inputs. I now I offer my full and considered ‘Feature Reviews’ of the wines. I can say they have considerable complexity built into them, and they benefit from time in bottle. www.kerner.co.nz


  • Splendiferous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Kerner Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Kerner Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
  • Kerner Marlborough Pinot Blanc 2010
  • Kerner Marlborough Chardonnay 2010
  • Kerner Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

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