2020 Lost Penny
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.
2020 Vintage Reviews
Ruby-red colour with some garnet flecks coming through. It’s spicy with hints of forest tones surrounding a plush core of juicy blackcurrants and plums. The oak’s presence is noted, but its core and weight of fruit hold up to it.
– 88 Points
Gabrielle Poy – The Real Review
Matured in French oak barrels for 18 months. Crimson in the glass with aromas of ripe plum fruits with hints of blackberry jam, licorice, vanillin oak, chocolate and purple floral tones. Medium bodied with some powdery tannin grip and a nice drink though it lacks the detail to score higher… a touch of alcohol heat on the finish too.
– 86 Points
Halliday Wine Companion
2019 Vintage Reviews
Medium to deep red/purple hue. Pungent raspberry and rank tomato-bush herbal aromas. The palate is medium-weight with a slight dip in the centre, and some shrillness from acidity.
– 86 Points
Huon Hook – The Real Review
Ebenezer growers Carol and Nick Riebke headed to a vineyard near Angaston to source the merlot for this release. High-toned, gently-spiced red fruits appear first along with hints of red licorice and purple flowers with a light, sappy flourish. Sitting at the lighter end of medium bodied, with bright acidity and sandy tannins, the wine leaves a sapid, red cherry vapour trail on the finish.
– 87 Points
Dave Brookes – Halliday Wine Companion
14.5 % 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: 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
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.