2020 Lost Penny
The name Lost Penny was born after getting the biggest surprise finding a coin in the vineyard. After many years being in the dirt, the first coin we found was an 1891 Penny. It amazes us how we could still read the date on the coin after so many years hiding under ground. It was only fitting that we would name this very special wine in honour of the year in which the first coin helped in shaping our new adventure.
15 % vol
Matured in French oak barrel for 18 months.
The growing season for the 2020 vintage started dry and continued that way. Much of the rainfall was below average for all the months. The 2019 calendar year was the driest on record for the Nuriootpa weather station. With the extreme weather conditions through November and into December saw below average bunch size and smaller than normal berry size. The flavours and colours and overall quality is exceptional.
Colour: Dark deep red with a garnet core
Nose: Rich dark red fruits with intense sweet oak
Palate: A full and complex structure with mouth filling intense black fruits. Rich sweet oak spice giving a round, full and complex structure.
Overall this wine is still young and with careful cellaring it has the capacity to develop further complex flavours. The 2020 Lost Penny 1891 Penny Shiraz has an overall full intense nose and palate with an elegant rich structure built around mouth filling berry characters.
2019 Vintage – 2020 not as yet reviewed
Deep, dark ruby core, slightly faded into the rim. A nose of dark chocolate, wood shavings and confit black fruits. The palate is big and rich, layered oak spice with concentrated fruits abound. The tannins are hidden by the fruit’s exuberance but do dry the finish giving clarity and contrast. The alcohol is warm but sits in harmony with the context of this wine. Drink in winter with a large cut of red meat. 2021–2029
– 90 Points
Stuart Knock – The Real Review