Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2006

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  • Introduction

    • This wine is produced from a vineyard owned by Tim and Angela Coddington, whose grapes have been used in the Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay since 1998. It is a vineyard that produces very rich and opulent Chardonnay that Kumeu River often thought could make an excellent single-vineyard wine. In 2006 the winery decided to give Coddington single-vineyard status to reflect this vineyard’s unique character.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyard Region: Kumeu, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

  • Vintage Report

    • The 2006 vintage was a delight from budburst to harvest, and the Chardonnays from this year are considered to be the finest the winery has seen. The grapes were hand harvested.

  • Vinification

    • Whole-bunch pressed

    • Fermentation: Indigenous yeast fermentation
    • Malolactic: 100% malolactic fermentation
    • Barrel Fermentation: 100% barrel fermentation
    • Barrel Aging: 11 months in French oak
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Production (in cases): 800 cases (12/750ml)
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • The wine from the Coddington Vineyard shows the typical ripe peachy fruit we expect from this site. The palate is forward with a luxurious creamy texture and lovely balancing acidity. This wine, while delicious in its youth, will benefit from a period of bottle maturation of two to four years.



  • Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2006 – 93 points – The Tasting Panel

    “Ripe and peachy with lovely texture and tangy acidity; long, rounded and full with elegance and intensity.”

  • Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2006 – 91 points – Wine Spectator

    “This is ripe and focused, with distinct pineapple character at the core, riding over a tight, mouthwatering frame that lets the mineral-accented fruit hover beautifully on the long finish.”

  • Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2006 – 90 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “Starts off with subtle toasted-almond aromas, quickly bolstered by ripe peach and melon scents. But despite the ripe aromas, the flavors are more citrusy, with pineapple and lime leading the parade. It’s medium-bodied, with a long, citrusy finish.”

  • Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2006 – 90 points – Wine & Spirits

    "...this is the most mineral of the Kumeu River chardonnays. It develops pear and almond flavors as it evolves in the glass. There’s and underlying root-vegetable earthiness that follows the oak in the finish. Chill it for roast sturgeon."