Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2008

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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 we have often thought could make an excellent single-vineyard wine. In 2006 we decided to give Coddington single-vineyard status to reflect this vineyard’s unique character.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyard Region: Kumeu, Auckland, New Zealand

  • Vintage Report

    • The 2008 vintage was beautifully ripe and suited this vineyard where we often achieve the highest level of ripeness. The wine from the Coddington Vineyard shows the typical ripe, peachy fruit we expect from this site, and this year we see it bit more depth and structure in the wine.

  • Vinification

    • Whole-bunch pressed

    • Fermentation: Indigenous yeast
    • Malolactic: 100%
    • Barrel Fermentation: 100%
    • Barrel Aging: 11 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Cases Imported: 100
    • Imported Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • 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 five years.



  • Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2008 – 90 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “Perhaps the biggest of Kumeu River’s 2008 Chardonnays, the Coddington offers waves of tropical fruit—pineapple and carambola—allied to mouthfilling richness and balanced by citrusy acids and hints of roasted nuts.”

  • Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2008 – 90 points – Wine & Spirits

    "Underneath the caramel scents, there’s an intense, seashell-like minerality that develops with air while the wood begins to mellow into the fruit flavors of lemon curd...decant for a creamy seafood stew."

  • Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2008 – 92 points – Wine Spectator

    “This delivers wonderful depth and purity to flavors of lemon curd, yellow apple, Meyer lemon and apricot. Aromatic, with lanolin, honeycomb and floral notes, a terrific silky texture and wonderful acidity.”