Tasting Notes for mychurch

(551 notes on 438 wines)

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Red
5/8/2021 - mychurch wrote:
95 points
Wine of the night at a Penfolds Dinner. This is in a great place. It’s fruit driven with an intoxicating palate and layers of berry fruit. It’s still young but enjoy it now rather than taking the chance with longer aging.
Red
5/8/2021 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
Showing its age, with forest floor on the nose. It’s very complex in the mouth, aided by what seems like a touch of Bret. Crunchy fruiti, some cinnamon, pebbles. Starting to oxidize, but in a tasting of 24 Pennies mature reds, this was the one that held people attention the longest. Outclassed by the 90 though.
White
2016 Ruggabellus Quomodo Barossa Valley White Blend (view label images)
3/9/2021 - mychurch wrote:
95 points
Takes 3 days to really come together, but from the offset this is a powerful, contemplative wine. Needs a decant as there is a lot of sediment. Ends up with the delicate texture of an aged Guiberteau Breze, but with more power and depth. I have drunk a few Gravner wines over the years, and they have not had the complexity and completeness of this wine.
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White
3/9/2021 - mychurch wrote:
95 points
Online tasting with Jelle in Amsterdam

I've sent a few of the AuzOx wines to Jelle these last 18 months and they really are interesting. This is possibly the pick of the bunch. Unlike the Crittendon or the Dappled versions, this really has sat in the barrel for 6 and a half years. The chardonnay seems to shine through a bit more than the Savignin versions, and while there are definite flor and oxidative notes, they are more integrated into the wine than i would expect. It takes a day to really open, but even on night 1 this was brilliant. There are lots of old champange notes, a bit of salinity and lots of grilled cashew. The finish is long and concentrated. Great stuff. No, its not vin Jaune, but thats a plus.
Orange
2/22/2021 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
A challenging wine. It has put on a lot of weight in the last year and its now a Sauternes colour and texture. Lots of tangerine flavour and plenty of yeatsy tones in the nose. Decant now as it changed over a weekend and after 4 days - it turned into a refined white wine and lost its Orange tones. Great stuff, but not for everyone.
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Red - Fortified
12/27/2020 - mychurch wrote:
97 points
Base of neck fill. Lid if stopper broke off, but the cork came out fine. Great from the start. It’s light in colour and transparent. Silky texture which is full of glycerin. Coffee, molasses, crushed walnuts, ranchio. Carreses the younger and leave a warm and very long finish. No idea how much this wine has changed in the last 30 years, but it’s a lovely drink and even if aging has not done a lot. I’m glad I had the chance to drink a bottle. Yum.
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White
6/12/2020 - mychurch wrote:
94 points
Top quality Auz Chardonnay. Its not got the funk of a real Jura wine, but its not meant to be the same. Unbelievably easy to drink. Yum.
White
5/6/2020 - mychurch wrote:
The WineFront Review had it correct. This is very pure, with a delicate feel in the mouth and a long, intense finish. Tropical fruit, stone fruit and maybe just a hint of smoke. Should age well.
White
8/23/2019 - mychurch wrote:
91 points
Lovely wine. In the Yarra Chardonnay style , so it’s quite lean, with plenty of citrus. It’s got something else though and it opens up well over 24 hours. High drinkability factor.
White
6/25/2019 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
Similar to the '15, with a taste profile unlike any other Auz Chardonnay I have tried. Reminds me more of a top South African Semillon, which its creamy jasmin notes. Still young, this has the depth and balance and should be better in 3 years time,
White
12/16/2018 - mychurch wrote:
95 points
A great discovery and the best Auz Chardonnay I have had in a while. Its got some funk on the nose, with some saline notes, smoke and jasmine. Rich and creamy, with layers of fruit, it actually has the body and texture of a top New world Semillon - 2003 Vergelegen White was my first port of call. Drunk over 4 nights, the wine hardly budged and was just as good at the finish. Stone fruit gives way to just a hint of pineapple. Fantastic, although maybe just a bit too exotic for everyone.
White
11/26/2018 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
From magnum, this is still powerful and full of life. While the 09 is mature and three 11 is a notch down, this is great, with smokey pineapple, a silky texture and some spice on the nose. It’s not as good as the Block 6 from a year ago, but you can see the resemblance. Yum.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/10/2018 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
Silky orange. Long.
White
1994 Château Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/10/2018 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
From the last half bottle. Needs half an hour to open up after which it soars from the glass. Silky, hint of oxidation, stone fruit, Jasmin. Dry White Bdx seems to age very well and this is no exception.
White
1/3/2018 - mychurch wrote:
78 points
I don't get old Cotat and this is similar. Lots of green veggies. Fat. More fun a few years ago
White
2004 Vergelegen Vergelegen White Stellenbosch Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/3/2018 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
Very smokey nose. Lovely fruit. At its peak.
Red
2006 Wendouree Shiraz Malbec Clare Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/1/2017 - mychurch wrote:
91 points
Needed a decant in the Swann, but after 7 hours this was lovely. Initially it was full of Italian cherries, almond and liquorice. Now it's silky and full of red fruit. No problem at all with the Reidel Sommelier Burg glass and now it flirts between a burg, a Pomerol and a top Chateauneuf. No way I'd call Auz if this was blind. Great.
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Red
9/25/2017 - mychurch wrote:
88 points
Interesting wine, with a lovely colour and a nice drink-ability factor. Chenin is more noticable on the nose and the silky fruit as rounded and pure. Nice, but not sure its a 25 euro wine,
Red
9/25/2017 - mychurch wrote:
Nose was wrong - touch of acetone and ripe blackberries. that might have been because I had just driven it 250km down the motorway to Germany - possible travel shock. No effect on the palate though as its silky and very accessible. The noticeably oak from a few years ago has been incorporated and its open for business and drinking well.
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Red
9/10/2017 - mychurch wrote:
89 points
Starting to show some age, with some browning on the edge. Dried herbs, cherry, red fruit. Good intensity.
White
8/28/2017 - mychurch wrote:
87 points
Not at the same level as the Shloss Leiser, but its a very pleasant wine, drinking at its peak now. Good weight of fruit, but misses a bit of acidity to keep it super fresh. Went well with a Prawn Cocktail at the start of the wedding
Red
2010 Château La Prade Francs Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/24/2017 - mychurch wrote:
88 points
Main wedding red. Slight bottle variation, Touch of almonds on my bottle and it tasted a bit old. Tried some others though and they were yummy. Voluptuous Bdx, with ripe fruit, good body and an easy drinking factor, Perfect for the BBQ.
White - Sparkling
8/24/2017 - mychurch wrote:
90 points
Never been a champers drinker and so this was the sparkler for the wedding. Good colour, nice chennin fruit, this has weight and a touch of complexity and a slight funk factor. 3 survived the party and I´m looking forward to seeing how this develops
White
8/24/2017 - mychurch wrote:
95 points
Hard to say which is my favourite style , kabinett or spatlese. Certainly when young, its the Kabinett, with its gentle alochol and off dry nature. Some can be too sweet, but here its perfect. 9% alcohol, bags of fruit, refreshing acidity, touch of CO2, screw cap. Served with a prawn cocktail at the start of the wedding dinner, its a wine that could be drunk all night and all thru the next day as well. Should have bought more.
Red
1/23/2017 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
In its drinking window now, but still better on day 2 than on day 1. Very intense wine that needs to be sipped.
Red
12/27/2016 - mychurch wrote:
90 points
Hard to resist. Very drinkable and lovely purity. Still needs a year to fully integrate.
Red
2000 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/27/2016 - mychurch wrote:
74 points
Faulty ? Who knows. Either way its not a lot of fun and even after a 24 hour decant its not really drinkable.
Red
12/22/2016 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
Just entering its drinking window. Red berry fruit and very refined.
Red
11/14/2016 - mychurch wrote:
This wine has a fault, which I have tasted in a few Natural style wines. In the nose its got lovely red fruit and the attack is interesting. On the finish though there is an unpleasant element that gets more noticeable as the wine breathes. According to the experts its Mouse taint - no, nothing to to do with actual mice, but a fault that occurs when low sulphar is used and which gives a nasty metalic taste to the finish (and cant be detected by the nose). As with TCA. sensitivity to mouse taint varies and I seem to be quite susceptible - wierd given that I can skull a corked bottle without noticing it.
Red
2014 Benjamin Darnault La Ripassa de Montagne Languedoc Roussillon Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
11/14/2016 - mychurch wrote:
87 points
Good dinner party wines. The Ripasso element adds a bit of sweetness to the creamy oak. Could do with a year or 2 in the cellar, but it will impress friends who like something accessible
Red
11/14/2016 - mychurch wrote:
85 points
Not as much fun as the previous bottle. Its not drying out, but it never quite came to life.
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Red
10/20/2016 - mychurch wrote:
85 points
Nice wine, thats aged well. Touch of liquorice in amongst the dark fruit. I get some alcohol on the nose, but its not off putting. Initially it was a bit subdued against the La Soarga, but this opened up nicely, while the other fell apart.
Red
10/20/2016 - mychurch wrote:
80 points
There is a slight fizz to this and it must have been undergoing a secondary fermentation - one of the dangers of natural wines. Lovely ripe fruit and animal tones and very drinkable. In the glass though it really starts to fall apart after an hour. Bread, paper - old sherry. Not nice.
White
10/6/2016 - mychurch wrote:
95 points
Up there with the very best Auz Chardonnays I have tried. Its cool and controled, with great persistence, well judged oak and good fruit depth. Shame its so expensive, but I doubt you could find many white burgs of this quality for the same price.
Red
1998 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
9/22/2016 - mychurch wrote:
95 points
Takes me back to the early 90´s when it was possible to drink the very best Auz wines in the UK for very little money. Alive, packed with cassis, chocolate and eucalyptus. Must be at its peak. Every sip makes you want another....
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Red
9/22/2016 - mychurch wrote:
87 points
Bought at the same time as the 95pt 05 Reserva, this is not nearly as fun to drink. It starts simple, with muted fruit and milky oak. Drink a glass and then leave the rest in the bottle overnight and it improves a lot - not as good as the 05, but near the same quality. Give it time or a long decant.
Red
9/22/2016 - mychurch wrote:
95 points
Only bottle and drunk at a 50th birthday dinner. Great Grenache, that is alive and vibrant, with the most incredible mid palate I can remember drinking - it explodes with fruit. If you love fruit, then drink now, but it would be interesting to see how this develops further.
White
9/12/2016 - mychurch wrote:
91 points
Still with plenty of life and vigour. Some complexity as well. Very yummy.
White
2004 Vergelegen Cape Winemakers Guild Stellenbosch Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
9/12/2016 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
No sign of aging here as its still pale and while its round, there is enough acidity to keep it fresh. Plenty of life and another 10 years might be possible. Just needs to pick up some complexity in order to take it to the next level - not sure that its actually gained from the 10 years in the cellar.
White
9/12/2016 - mychurch wrote:
91 points
Mid palate has filled out nicely and its quite fat. Very complex as well, but there was a touch of sherry on the nose. Better on day 2 though, so will keep a bit longer. Needs a decant
White
2002 Vergelegen Vergelegen White Stellenbosch Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/12/2016 - mychurch wrote:
flawed
Kept too long. Oxidised
Red
9/12/2016 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
Aging well and plenty of time in hand. More Syrah for me, with good purity, plenty of secondary development and spice.
Red
6/3/2016 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
in its drinking window and a great cross between North and South. Lovely nose that I can smell from a meter away. Touch of Eileen Hardy savory shiraz, but with some Northern Rhone acidity. Lovely and I think this is only going to improve
White
5/25/2016 - mychurch wrote:
91 points
Very tight. Like a cross between a Claire Valley Reisling and a Santorini Assertyko. Lovely lemon and pear fruit, a touch of minerality and a streak of cleansing acidity. Nice - needs sun and a sea food salad.
White
2006 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
5/24/2016 - mychurch wrote:
93 points
So fat and new world like, that I was initially convinced that this was a fake. Layers of concentrated fruit and after a few hours the expected minerality starts to come thru. I like my burgs lean and mean though and this was just too big for me. It brought tears to a friend though, and if you give this 93 or 99 points is just a matter of appreciation of a certain style.
White
5/24/2016 - mychurch wrote:
92 points
Good mouth feel and texture. Touch of cream and fenel. Supple and easy drinking. Imagine this will change and become more interesting, but its darmn tasty now and hard to resist.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/3/2016 - mychurch wrote:
94 points
Great sweet wine makes the brain go giddy. It brings a cheeky grin to the face. It makes you want more. None of these traits apply to this wine. This was bottle Nr 2, opened for my 50th birthday. The 1st was drunk at my 40th and I remember the layered texture, the weightlessness and the balance. I wrote then 'drink up this year' and I think I was correct. This is perfectly correct, is very rounded and is s lovely Sauterne. It's also dull and misses personality. I drank this with 3 novices, who like wine with a sweetness, but none of them had that 'wow' moment. Still young though and I'm sure this will evolve. 10 years to go for bottle Nr 3....
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Red
4/24/2016 - mychurch wrote:
73 points
Undrinkable. Alcohol, wood, rich overextracted fruit. Not fun. No pleasure. No idea if this will impove with age - somewhere you can feel a touch of silkyness. I was given this bottle, so I dont have to worry about the future. In fariness I drank this with a Trevalon loving friend, who has drunk a lot more of this sort of wine - Cuvee de Capo and Homage verticals etc - and he was more positve. 1.5 stars for me (from 5), 3 from him.
Red
4/24/2016 - mychurch wrote:
94 points
Lovely, lovely wine. Its in its stride now, with a typical Barossa nose of menthol and blackcurrent. The tannins have melted and its round, supple and silky. Drink now for pure enjoyment, but further aging will probably bring some complexity. Yum.
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