I have been tasting the 2011 Chardonnay from barrels. It's been difficult to pin down accurate tasting comments on this elusive wine so I thought I would do it in pictorial form--with a piece of Strathbogie Ranges granite.
If you could imagine tasting this rock, you would have some idea of how the wine tastes. It's flinty and full of minerality but that's only half the story. There is a lively thread of citrus running through the wine.
This adds a freshness and fruit definition. It's important not to be frightened of the rocky nature of the wine at this point in its development. Barrel maturation will add its own characters over the next six months and the result will be an excellent Chardonnay in the Squitchy Lane tradition--low alcohol, refreshing and complex.