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Krondorf unveils its 2023 collection of premium Barossa wines

By Sarah Gamboni

3 May, 2023

The annual vintage release includes a new icon wine for the label.

Dating back to 1847 in the Barossa Valley, Krondorf Wines celebrates its rich history, remarkable old vines and unique sites with the release of its annual wine collection. Known for producing opulent wines that reflect the region, the 2023 collection continues to build on the winery’s legacy, comprising five outstanding wines. Hand-crafted with a minimalist approach to winemaking using hand-selected parcels of premium fruit, these small-batch wines are said to capture the essence of the Barossa Valley

“I like to take a minimalistic approach to things,” says Nick Badrice, Head Winemaker at Krondorf Wines. “It's about allowing the wines to express themselves and reflect the sites on which they're grown. The focus is on sourcing and growing the best-quality fruit, which is a key part of Krondorf Wines' philosophy.”

A winemaker stands in a winery siphoning wine from a barrelKrondorf winemaker Nick Badrice.

At the zenith of the collection is the Krondorf Icon 2019 King’s Mantle Shiraz, crafted from the Barossa’s finest and most expressive fruit parcels. Described as an ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’, the King’s Mantle is an intense, concentrated wine with dark chocolate and spice aromas leading to a long powerful finish. 

“Our preeminent wine and new Icon, the Krondorf King’s Mantle Shiraz 2019, is the pinnacle of our craft. We search the length and breadth of the Barossa to identify the finest and most expressive fruit of the vintage,” says Nick. “The ultra-premium fruit that brings a perfect balance of classical and contemporary Barossa excellence.”

The 2023 Krondorf Wines Collection also includes four wines from the highly anticipated 2021 vintage, which was widely regarded as an exceptional year for the Barossa. These include the Krondorf 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Krondorf 2021 Stone Altar Shiraz and Stone Altar Grenache, the Krondorf 2021 Kingship Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Krondorf 2021 Old Salem Barossa Shiraz.

Five wine bottles posed against a black backgroundKrondorf’s 2023 collection.

Tasting notes

Krondorf Icon 2019 King’s Mantle Shiraz 
Vibrant with a deep purple hue, with evocative black forest fruits, plum and liquorice, earth, dark chocolate and spice aromas. The palate is luscious and velvety, a superbly concentrated mix of dark forest fruits showcasing exceptional purity and perfect balance, with fine, loose knit silky tannins creating a powerful yet beautifully persistent finish. (RRP $149.99)

Krondorf 2021 Kingship Cabernet Sauvignon 
Rich with dark berry notes and silky fine-length flavour, this wine has classical pure fruit definition of dark berry cassis aromas and leafy sage notes with hints of subtle oak. (RRP $37.99) 

Krondorf 2021 Old Salem Barossa Shiraz 
Blended with carefully selected premium grapes from longstanding Barossa family growers. New French and American oak are added to balance the fruit's intensity, mixed with red and blue fruit aromas and wild blackberry, blackcurrant, cinnamon and anise. (RRP $37.99) 

Krondorf 2021 Stone Altar Shiraz 
Old-vine fruit picked at optimum ripeness has produced a wine with richness, depth, and concentration, matured carefully in French oak hogsheads for 18 months. Dark cherry and plum, cinnamon spice and dark chocolate are integrated with supple and velvety tannins. (RRP $64.99) 

Krondorf 2021 Stone Altar Grenache 
Made from the best parcels of grenache from the vintage, this old-vine grenache features expressive aromas of Turkish delight, dark cherry and raspberry, with notes of licorice and spice. (RRP $64.99)