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Krondorf Wins Halliday Grenache Challenge

By Saturday 6 November 2021October 4th, 2023No Comments

Krondorf Wines 2020 Founders View Barossa Grenache has won the fifth annual James Halliday Grenache Challenge.

The Krondorf brand is owned by Pinnacle Drinks.

The Challenge invited producers from all Australian wine regions to participate, encouraging an honest gauge of Australia’s winemaking form and to catch the styles and movements developing across the landscape.

McLaren Vale Wine Show chair of judges Tony Love was impressed with the diversity of Grenache expression.

The 2021 James Halliday Grenache Challenge was a showcase of one of the country’s most loved wine varieties at the height of its powers,” Tony says.

“A highlight of the Challenge was to witness the diversity of Grenache expression, from juicy, lighter, easy drinking styles to bolder and more robust iterations.

“All variations are, of course, legitimate, while the finest of the entries created plenty of enthusiastic interest from all three panels of judges. 

“After a rigorous day of assessment, the winner emerged from the highest quality selection of finalists after displaying attractive varietal aromatic characters with a sense of power, yet elegantly controlled and balanced.

“A superb example of South Australian Grenache.”

The Challenge received a record 146 Grenache entries across a diverse range of Australian winegrowing regions.

James Halliday AM highlights McLaren Vale and the Barossa as champion Grenache producing regions.

“Grenache has come in from the cold in no uncertain fashion,” he says.

“One statistic speaks louder than words. In 2010 the average price per tonne was $575; this year (2021) it averaged $1,256 per tonne.

“Its geographic spread has also increased, but two regions dominate: the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale in a multitude of styles.

“It’s also exciting to see 2021 wines starting to appear, with more to come.”

Gold medals…

Pinnacle Drinks Krondorf 2020 Founders View Barossa Grenache 97
Stephen Pannell Wines S.C. Pannell 2019 Old McDonald Grenache 96
Silent Noise Wines Silent Noise Wines 2021 MF Grenache 96
Pernod Ricard Winemakers Orlando 2019 Cellar 13 Grenache 95
Langmeil Winery Langmeil Winery 2019 Rough Diamond Grenache 95
Z Wine Pty Ltd Z Wine 2021 August Old Vine Basket Pressed Grenache 95
Whistler Wines Whistler Wines 2021 Get In My Belly Grenache 95
Longline Wines Longline Wines 2019 Albright Grenache 95
Chalk Hill Wines Alpha Crucis 2020 Old Vine Grenache 95
Hedonist Wines Hedonist 2020 Ecology Grenache 95
Gemtree Wines Gemtree Wines 2020 Small Batch Egg Grenache 95
Berg Herring Berg Herring 2020 Grenache 95
Ministry of Clouds Ministry of Clouds 2020 Grenache 95
Treasury Wine Estates Pepperjack 2020 Grenache 95
Main & Cherry Main & Cherry 2021 Grenache 95



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