2017 Piano Piano Henry's Block Shiraz 97 points. RRP $42/1 2019-2027 ‘Hand-picked, 100% whole bunch, 90% whole berry, wild yeast-open fermented, matured In French oak (31% new) for 20 months. A lovely medium-bodied wine that follows in the footsteps of the ‘16. It’s vibrant and juicy, yet also brings texture and structure into play. Effortless elegance. A long life beckons.’ To be included in the Halliday 2021 @winecompanion ‘Best of the best Shiraz’.
97 points James Halliday | August 2020
2016 Piano Piano Henry's Block Shiraz RRP $42/1 2019-2027 Medium purple colour with red outskirts. Cinnamon and red licorice lead a soft and spicy bouquet. Soft and elegant; a medium-weight example that dances with red-fruited elegance. Precision in fruit and winemaking.
94 points Nick Butler | The Real Review 2020
2017 Piano Piano Henry's Block Shiraz RRP $42/1 2019-2027 A lovely, elegant, suavely-structured shiraz with cool-grown pepper-spice aromas, the palate medium-bodied and harmonious, with refreshing acidity and fine, gentle tannins. Great early drinkability. Ageing: drink now to 12 years. Food: Veal roast stuffed with bacon and herbs.
94 points Huon Hooke | Cellar Talk Wines April 2020
2017 Piano Piano Henry's Block Shiraz RRP $42/1 2020-2032 Bright, fragrant pepper-spice cool-grown shiraz aromas. The wine is elegant, medium-bodied and suave, with clean acidity refreshing the palate throughout. Gentle, fine tannins. Medium-bodied and very, very drinkable.
94 points Huon Hooke | The Real Review 2020
2018 Sophie’s Block Chardonnay - 94 Points, Gold Medal - 2019 Victorian Wine Show.
94 points, Gold Medal, 2019 Victorian Wine Show | August 2019
2017 Sophie Block Chardonnay 94 points. Hand-picked, destemmed, pressed, fermented in French oak (27% new), no mlf. Juicy and rich, exuding a layered white and yellow peach duo, acidity arriving in the nick of time to provide balance and a clear finish. Very Beechworth, although its the fruit rather than the region that takes command.
94 points James Halliday | August 2019
2017 Piano Piano Reserve Merlot RRP $35/1 2019-2027 Deep red colour with softer red edges. Dark plums and charry oak nose. A pleasant burst of sweet red plum fruit greets an otherwise serious and structured palate. Balance is there, as are some ripe tannins. Very classy.
93 points Nick Butler | The Real Review 2019
2016 Sophie’s Block Chardonnay 95 points. There's no denying the glorious power of Beechworth chardonnay. Plenty of citrus with white peach, but merely incidental as this is playing a savoury tune. Creamy lees, grilled nuts, flinty, and really super oak flavours and integration (30% new French barriques/hogsheads) and eschewing mlf has kept this riper style compact and tight.
95 points | August 2018
2015 Piano Piano Sophie's Block Chardonnay 96 points. RRP $38/1 2027 The colour screams of beauty: a mid-yellow sheen flecked with a glimmer of green. The nose is oatmeal, truffle and curd. There is virtually nothing fruity about this, although for those desperate for descriptives, there is some stone fruit tucked behind sleek gills of granitic crunch and mineral-clad pungency; juxtaposed beautifully against a generous build of creamy lees work as the wine opens in the glass.
96 points James Halliday | Wine Companion 2018
2014 Sophie’s Block Chardonnay. A stunning iridescent yellow flecked with lime, this is a bracing chardonnay, firmly planted in Beechworth's subalpine, granitic soils. Unusual in Australia - although the rites of passage for many great Burgundian producers - the fruit was gently crushed to maximise aromatic release and complexity. A small percentage of whole berry/whole cluster were retained. Fermentation, naturally, was wild. All of this explains why the wine is bursting with flavour and personality
95 points | August 2017