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This label’s information matched my own response to the wine. In colour it’s a pale lemon light. It smells of pine, lemon and something slightly metallic. On the palate there are lemons and limes, with a wonderfully clean, crisp finish. It’s like a deliciously fresh party in your mouth, a gorgeous riesling that you’ll recognise by the orange screw cap and the label’s big black W for the site in SA’s Clare Valley where Jim Barry was the first qualified winemaker. I bought it on sale at $14.99 from the Cellars (Ballina, Bangalow, Byron).2005 Jimbour Station Chardonnay
Coles Liquorland Lismore is possibly phasing out Jimbour Station: this was on a high shelf for $17.99 with a lonely selection accorded a similar fate. I haven’t seen Jimbour in any other Northern Rivers bottleshop. While I’ve revised my notion that chardonnay should be drunk young, the label did say it is good drinking immediately, ageing for three years. Bright yellow gold in colour, it has guava in its perfume ending with kiwi fruit and the sensation of plush velvet. It has spritzy orange and a little banana on the tongue followed by a warm mouth-fill.