Krondorf Shiraz 2017

Price : $13


May 24, 2019

The Krondorf wine brand started in 1978 when winemakers Grant Burge and Ian Wilson took over the old Glenview winery, which had been around since the 1850s. They set about revamping the operations and two years later won Australia’s most celebrated wine award, the Jimmy Watson trophy. Today’s wine, Krondorf Shiraz remains a staple on bottleshop shelves.

The winery takes its name from the village of Krondorf, which is one of the oldest communities in the Barossa. It was first settled by German immigrants in the late 1840s. The local area is home to a stack of well known wineries, including Grant Burge and Charles Melton and Rockford.

Krondorf has passed through a few sets of owners over the years. Burge and Wilson sold it to Mildara Wines, which was later sold to Fosters. I’m not sure what happened after that – Fosters’ wine business eventually became Treasury Wine Estates but Krondorf isn’t part of that company. Instead, it’s owned by Woolworths’ via its Pinnacle Drinks business. That’s pretty much the story of the corporate world’s adventures in Australian wine over the past four decades right there.

As it’s a Woolworths owned brand, it’s obviously stocked widely across the Dan Murphy’s and BWS networks. It’s also sold via Cellarmasters.

So, how’s the wine?

The Review: Krondorf Shiraz 2017

There is a rich nose here, filled with chocolate, blackberries and saltbush. It’s full-bodied on the palate and swamped by a big wave of red-black fruit flavours. Finishes with a persistent tannic drag. It’s a classic Barossa Shiraz – nothing exceptional perhaps but an enjoyable drink. At circa $13 a bottle, it’s also pretty good value.

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  • Region: Barossa

  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%

  • Dan Murphy's

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