2020 Lost Penny
Lily Creek


When Carol was a young child, she would pick a bunch of wildflowers at the end of the day after helping her mother in the vineyard. Next to the Merlot block was a creek that would only run during winter. At the bottom of the creek, lily plants grew and produced elegant, white flowers. It was always such a beautiful sight and were the perfect flowers for her mother. The Lily Creek Merlot is sourced from the only grapes not grown on our family estate – they come from Carol’s parents’ property, next to the creek where the lilies still grow.


Deep to opaque ruby-red core. A nose of blackberry jam, chocolate and vanilla bean. Big and rich. Loaded with jammy black fruits and oak-driven chocolate and vanilla notes. The tannins are present but are not bold enough to balance the onslaught of ripeness. The intensity does offer some length, but it is out of focus and quite warm at the finish from the alcohol.

86 Points
Stuart Knock – The Real Review

2019 Vintage Reviews

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.

– 90 Points
Stuart Knock – The Real Review

Old-vine northern Barossa shiraz from Nick and Carol Riebke in Ebenezer. Matured 18 months in new French oak. Plenty of stuffing here, with deep-set plum and black fruits acting as the canvas for an array of spice, espresso and chocolate highlights. Big boned and powerful with a dark, broody gait across the tongue, fresh acidity and commanding finish

– 90 Points
Dave Brookes – Halliday Wine Companion

Tasting Note


14.5 % vol

Barrel Maturation

Matured in French oak barrel for 18 months.

Vintage Notes

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.

Winemaker’s Notes

Colour: Ruby Red with bright hue.
Nose: Plum, Raspberry, and touches of Mulberry.
Palate: A fine and elegant structure with sweet mouth filling berry fruits. Rich spicy notes to form a
delicate structure.
The 2020 Lost Penny Lily Creek Merlot has an overall sweet, spiced nose and palate with an elegant structure and fills the mouth delicate berry flavours. This wine will continue grow and evolve over the years if not enjoyed in its young youthful age.