Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2013

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Owned by Tim and Angela Coddington, this vineyard is located between the towns of Huapai and Waimauku in Kumeu. Planted on a clay-based hillside with narrow trellising, the Chardonnay from this block is consistently weighty and powerful with richness and length. The grapes from Coddington have been used in the Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay since 1998. In 2006, the winery decided to give Coddington single-vineyard status to reflect this vineyard’s unique character.

    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Size: 1.8 hectares (4.4 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted 1994
    • Clones: 15
    • Soil: Clay
    • Elevation: Approximately 100 meters (328 feet)
    • Exposure: North
    • Training: VSP
  • Vinification

    • Whole-bunch pressed

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

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
  • Tasting Notes

    • Usually the most flamboyant wine when young, the 2013 Coddington is a little subdued on the nose right now but is still showing the typical rich peach aromas along with citrus peel, which is more a reflection of the vintage. The concertation of 2013 really comes through on the palate with a ringing acidity on the long and intense finish.



  • Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay – 2013 – James Suckling – 95 Points

    Lots of candied lemon peel and some fresh lime zest on the nose, making a strikingly fresh first impression. This is a very concentrated chardonnay that's as sleek and energetic as a thoroughbred race horse, as it gallops across the palate! Stunning

  • Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2013 – 91 points – Wine Spectator

    “The fleshy peach and mango flavors are ripe and clean, with a tight, juicy and crisp citrus edge, highlighted by cedar and mineral grace notes on the long finish…”

  • Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2013 – 91 points – Wine & Spirits

    "Michael Brajkovich, MW, ferments this wine in barrel without adding yeast, producing an apple- and pear-scented chardonnay with pale, leesy richness. It’s firm, effortlessly incorporating fresh acidity into the body of the wine…”

  • Chardonnay, Coddington, Kumeu – 2013 – 91 points – Vinous

    “Bright, pale silver-yellow. Reticent but pure aromas of nectarine, musky lees, spices and flowers … precise and perfumed in the mouth … showing lovely energy and cut to its citrus, white stone fruit and spice flavors..”