2015 Piano Piano Sophie's Block Chardonnay RRP $38/1 2027/ ***** 96 points 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
James Halliday | Wine Companion 2018
2013 Sophie’s Block Chardonnay Rating: 95 Hand-picked, destemmed, wild-fermented in French oak (35% new), matured for 10 months. Elegant and wonderfully fresh for a 3yo chardonnay, and no hint of unripe fruit. The new oak has been drawn inwards into the heart of the wine, leaving its fragrance and delicate flavours free to play. Makes your heart skip a beat. 2013 Henry's Block Shiraz, 95 points: Hand-picked and sorted, crushed with a high portion of whole berries
James Halliday | Wine Companion 2017
2012 Sophie’s Block Chardonnay Rating 17.5 ‘...Piano Piano indeed. Mid gold. I’d love to see this blind with some fine Meursault! Very refined indeed with the merest hint of sulphides. Beautifully judged. A really delicious mouthful with floral fragrance on the finish. So pure and precise! But with convincing delicate fruit on the mid palate. A real triumph. Drink 2014-2020.
Jancis Robinson | Oxford Companion to Wine 2016
2013 Henry's Block Shiraz, 93 points: Piano Piano is on the golden mile, so to speak, on the Beechworth-Wangaratta Road, a stretch of road that is also home to Giaconda, Castagna, Savaterre, Domenica, Golden Ball and others. 2013 Sophie's Block Chardonnay, 92+ points: Chardonnay from one of the key names-to-watch of the Beechworth wine scene.
Campbell Mattinson | Wine Front
2012 Sophie’s Block Chardonnay Gold & Trophy for ‘Best Wine from a Boutique Vineyard
Victorian Wine Show | 2015
2012 Sophie’s Block Chardonnay ★★★★ 2013 Henry’s Block Shiraz ★★★★1/2
Winestate | 2015 Annual Awards
piano piano, Sophie's Block Chardonnay 2010 Owner / winemaker Marc Scalzo and his wife Lisa have taken the slowly slowly approach to establishing their own winery and two small vineyards. This wine was whole bunch pressed, wild fermented and matured in French barriques, 30% new. It is an impressively fine and youthful wine, with a touch of reduction, but has outstanding length and balance, and the reduction will be long gone in a year or two.
James Halliday | The Weekend Australian Magazine - March 2012
piano piano , Sophie's Block Chardonnay 2010 ‘All good fruit from go to whoa and just the fruit’. Read More or buy now
Jeni Port | The Age ‘Epicure’ - February 2012
"Funny story of how I came across this wine. I’ve been house-hunting of late and at one house one of the real estate agents we’ve been dealing with said, So what do you think of the Piano Piano wines? I’ve never heard of them, I said. It means “slowly, slowly” in Italian, she says. I like that, I replied, it’s a lovely name for a wine. She said, I’ll get you a bottle. A month
Campbell Mattinson | The Wine Front - 2011