121 Settlers Shiraz
Krondorf's icon wine. This exquisite wine is an ode to the humble 121 settlers who founded Krondorf.
Concentrated plum and blackberry fruit on the nose, with well-integrated oak. A rich array of dark fruits with graphite and aniseed are rounded out with fine tannins on the palate.
- Grape variety breakdown
Again, in the cellar, the wine is made with a minimalistic approach. With such top-quality grape selection, a considered winemaking process is all that is required, with the aim to drive the attributes and characteristics of the vineyard into the wine. Juice is partially gravity flowed, with gentle pigeage to extract tannins, then the wine is aged in a combination of new and second-use French oak barrels for 16–18 months. The result is a full-bodied but linear and finessed wine – attributes that are reflective of the site.
- Technical Details
- Alcohol: 14.5% | pH: | Acidity: | Volume: 750mls
- Harvest Date
The village of Krondorf was founded by 121 humble and hardy settlers. Their land was sub-divided into small plots that allowed them to grow crops, establish orchards and vineyards, nurture animals and share-farm. "Love, faith and hope" were the underlying and binding values of this community. Inspired by this story, Krondorf Wines continues the story of renewal, love, faith and hope with the spirit of those original 121 Settlers remembered through the rare, meticulously selected Old Vine classified vineyards with vine age of approximately 60 years old.
- Cellaring potential
Approachable in the short to mid-term, but also a strong candidate for long-term cellaring.
- Food Matching
A special occasion wine, best enjoyed decanted with a formal celebration.
Lifted and concentrated aromatics of dark plum and blackberry fruit, with spice and toast notes from premium new and seasoned French oak hogsheads
- Vineyard Notes
The grapes for the 121 Settlers Shiraz were picked from a single site in the southern end of the Barossa. The site lies in the St Jakobi area, over the western ridge of sub-region, Lyndoch. Planted over a mix of red clay and loam, they are early-ripening grapes, which further protects from marginal weather influence. The rustic, dense soils drive opulence and structure within the resultant wines. The old vines are low yielding, with small berries that give concentrated fruit flavours. Vines are tended to using a minimalistic approach, whereby all treatments to the grapes are reasoned and used only when absolutely necessary.
Barossa’s 2017 vintage wrapped up a month or more later than in recent years, with some standout wines showing a lot of promise and an overall yield 20–30% above a low five-year average. Barossa’s 2017 reds have been described by one winemaker as having “incredible length of flavour, full-bodied, yet fine. Not a boisterous year – rather one with exceptional elegance and poise"".